Effy Harle and Dinosaur Kilby: Children of Grizedale

We have nominated ESP Members Effy Harle and Dinosaur Kilby to take part in ‘Children of Grizedale’, a special professional development event, sharing and celebrating how and why Grizedale Arts works, taking place at Coniston Institute.

Effy is a creative practitioner based in Nottingham who is working to connect female art technicians in the UK. Dinosaur is an artist based in Birmingham and founder of Cheap Cheap project space in Digbeth.

Effy Harle’s experience at Grizedale:

“Grizedale was fantastic, Tom and I had a great time meeting the other invited participants and Grizedale staff. The programme on Thursday evening and Friday was jam-packed and our hosts; Adam Sutherland, Karen Guthrie and Ceri Hand were fantastic. Special thanks to Emma – captain of admin – who was brilliant at managing everything.

We got to Ulverston on Thursday afternoon and were transported to Coniston Institute where we got a special tour of 1001 Village Nights, Grizedale’s retrospective exhibition chronicling GA’s relationship with the village of Coniston with an impressive catalogue of 101 objects representing just as many projects. The next day we had a tour of Lawson Park, Grizedale’s HQ and a tour of the gardens and the building with Adam and Karen. We spent the rest of the Saturday with Ceri Hand, getting to know Grizedale’s approach to artist development and some of their most (in)famous projects.

I also managed to meet and make contact with two of the women who are involved with Black Shed project at Grizedale, who are working to convert one of the Lawson Park buildings to a living/working space with an all-female team. This was really great for me as I’m very interested in getting involved with the project in its production phase.

Overall it’s been a great opportunity to go to the somewhat remote location of Grizedale and find out more about what they do. I very much look forward to getting involved in some aspects of their programme.”