The Society of Wood Engravers are very excited to be collaborating with the National Trust to celebrate the centenary of the founding of the Society of Wood Engravers. A contemporary visual artist with an interest in wood engraving will be offered a 5 month residency and commission opportunity at Cherryburn, the birthplace of Thomas Bewick. The successful artist will spend time at the site to produce a body of new work informed by the natural environment, wildlife of Cherryburn and legacy of Bewick. The resulting work will be displayed at Cherryburn from June to November 2020.
The key project aims are:
1. Telling the story in an accessible and innovative way that will draw out relevant parallels between the impact his illustrations and publications had on society in his day and our world today.
2. To explore the place, landscape and conservation in the context of Cherryburn and the surrounding area through its natural and historical heritage.
3. To ‘teach, move and inspire’ visitors through something unexpected that prompts new perspectives and understandings of Bewick, Cherryburn, National Trust and the Society of
4. To engage local audiences and young people not currently engaging with the arts or engaging a little with art practice and nature.
5. To expose wood block engraving to a new audience.
6. To provide a platform for contemporary wood engraving.
The deadline for expression of interest has now closed and we will announce the winner of this collaboration in January.