This community art project, facilitated by a local visual artist and poet, invited people to contribute artworks, objects, and words that conveyed something of what they value about Alston Moor – its past, present and future. Physical artefacts were displayed in a dedicated space in the parish church for the duration of the week, creating an art installation called Alston Ark.
One of the creators explains:
“The project was based on what people chose to create and offer to the exhibition. It wasn’t something being done to them or for them. It’s a different way of engaging – a voice for people who don’t relate to scientific arguments or statistics or who don’t want to engage in political debate. Visual art, especially non-representational art, can shock people into new ways of thinking.”
Artefacts included paintings, photographs and banners, examples of traditional crafts and mini-installations, as well as poems, letters and individual objects. Key themes running through the artefacts were the uniqueness of the Alston Moor culture and the value of the natural landscape and local wildlife.
An estimated 300 visitors came to the installation during the week-long exhibition, and there have been requests for it to be hosted at other venues.