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St Thomas' Church, Stanhope, DL13 2UP and St James-the-Less Church, Forest-in-Teesdale, DL12 0HA, open daily 10.00 am to 4.00 pm

  • START: 29/06/2019
  • FINISH: 28/07/2019

Hefted To Hill, The Exhibition is the culmination of a year’s work on the part of artist/philosopher/dry stone waller Ewan Allinson, photographers Louise Taylor and Richard Glynn (of Wideyed Collective), and seven farmers who have contributed their time, their wisdom and their conversation. 

The FREE multi-media exhibition takes place throughout July across two sites (each site hosts different content).  Hear the voices of farmers offering wisdom, knowledge and insight, providing  a backdrop to a unique, intriguing and innovative display of stunning colour and black & white photographs of farmers, their work and their landscape. 

(Please note St James-the-Less Church will be closed on Sunday, 14th July)


In recruiting farmers to share their expertise for this project, Ewan Allinson offered them something valuable in return – two days of free dry-stone walling.  The conversations that took place during this shared activity over the period of one year were without exception good-natured, open-minded, often hilarious, and rich in details.  The two photographers both made multiple visits to each farm and were always greeted with warmth and generosity.    Additional recorded material will be posted on line in the coming months and can be heard via Northern Heartlands’ social media channels.  

Conversations with Trevor and Susan

Conversations with Joanne and Robin

Conversations with Graham and Sandra

Ewan Allinson BA (Oxon) MA is a freelance sculptor and philosopher and a master craftsman dry-stone waller. He was vice-chair of the award-winning Heart of Teesdale Landscape Partnership 2011-2016 and was a founder of the Northern Heartlands Great Place Scheme.   

Richard Glynn and Louise Taylor are founding members of North-East based arts collective Wideyed and have exhibited individually and collectively around the world.  

The exhibition in St James the Less has been generously supported by funding from Durham County Council’s Neighbourhood Budget Fund, with thanks to Councillors Ted Henderson, George Richardson and Stephen Hugill. 

Read more here where Ewan describes the initial explorations of churches and chapels in his blogpost, inspired by a crisp January morning in Teesdale and the Gaunless Valley and enjoy the stunning images in the gallery taken by Louise Taylor.


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    Hefted to Hill - image © Louise Taylor

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