Artists and writers sought for major Peak District project

Arts in the Peak are looking for poets and artists living in and around the Peak to work collaboratively on designing companion stones to the Derbyshire guide stoops.

There will be a fee of £550 each for artist and poet for each stone designed.

Companion Stones, a project for the Derbyshire moorlands, explores the heritage of the 18th century guide stoops and proposes a set of twelve companion stones to be created by poets, artists and masons of the Peak. Like the guide stoops, these stones will bear an inscription, directions to an uncertain future. The stones will be exhibited on the Derbyshire moorlands and supporting and promotional material will make them accessible to a wide range of Peak District residents and visitors.

The Peak is a natural yet very controlled environment. Its heritage is well protected but is still weak in contemporary art practice. To create opportunities for its members and to influence the understanding and development of the landscape, Arts in the Peak recognises the importance of working strategically with other land stakeholders. So, Companion Stones is evolving as a collaborative project: between poets and artists; between Arts in the Peak and Peak District National Park Authority; and between the project and other land stakeholders.

Outcomes include: research on the Derbyshire guide stoops leading to a briefing seminar for participants and partners; twelve stone sculptures to be exhibited on the moors for five years; an exhibition of the stones at the Moorlands Centre in Edale; and supporting material including a poster, maps, walks and an extensive website.

Applications, including explanation of interest, curriculum vitae and three examples of poetry or art work should be sent to:

Arts in the Peak,
Town Hall,
Bakewell DE45 1BX

or by Friday 9th May 2008.

Further information and full job descriptions at Or visit Milestonesweb.

For further information contact: David Gilbert on 01629 810122 or email

Source of message: EMIT Writers News (April).


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