Weak from Dreaming – the making of


‘Weak from Dreaming’ is a site specific installation in the derelict shooting hut less than a mile from Highgreen. It’s creation will mark the Autumn equinox on September 21st and the end of my one year residency with VARC. The work can be experienced during the weekend opening of ‘Blue Hours, an exhibition in four parts’ on September 16th & 17th 2017. The design, construction and installation has been made possible due to the time, energy, generosity and vision of Khosro Aldibi and VARC.

The Longest Day


On the longest day, the shooting hut became the focus for capturing the sunlight in a series of seventeen cyanotypes lining the gable end. Over one thousand time-lapse images recorded the sunrise, thunderstorm and golden hour of the Summer Solstice.

Summer Long


The long Summer days meander along the moors, interrupted only by quilting in the garden, rams boasting in the grasses, letterpress weekends on the train, mokuhanga collaboration retreats, works in progress progressing.

Light Meditations


Exhibition: 23 May – 22 June 2017

The Late Shows: 19, 20 May 7 – 11pm

‘In October Lucy May Schofield started a year-long residency with VARC (Visual Arts in Rural Communities) at Highgreen, in a remote part of rural Northumberland.  Light Meditations displays new work by the artist as she reaches the half-way point in her year.

Northumberland has some of the darkest skies and visibly brightest stars and moon in the country.  In these vast skies above the moorland landscape, the path of the sun, moon and stars tell us of the seasons’ passing.  This has inspired Lucy to create key artworks that mark the Winter and Summer Solstices and the Spring and Autumn Equinox.

Two of these pieces are shown here:  The Last Light (made on the Winter Solstice, 21st December 2016 the shortest day of the year) and Awake (created to mark the Vernal Equinox in March).  Both pieces have an important performance element and alongside the physical artworks in the gallery, short films documenting the process are also shown.

A series of twenty-six (so far) carved wood-blocks and their prints are also on display. These are formed from a seasonal detail observed on one of the artist’s daily walks and printed with water-based pigments onto hand-made paper.’

A mini-residency at Highgreen


In early May eight wonderful Fine Art undergraduates from Newcastle University came to Highgreen for a mini – residency / workshop in the VARC studio. It was such a pleasure to have their enthusiasm and energy, sharing their varied approaches to their individual practices. We walked on the moors, carved wood blocks in the sun, printed in the barn, made pizzas in the woods, drank cider in the beer garden, ate chilli at the Boothy, made picnics on the lawn and shared our skills and stories each day of what felt like a very special week together. A very magical mini-residency.