the art tour, a network open studios event..on the edge the North Pennines

magpie's nest

 30   Norma Hickey
          Paul Hickey

Low House, near Ninebanks, Allendale NE47 8HJ
07501 032549

Norma and Paul, mother and son, are both painters. For Norma, painting is a journey. She started with pure watercolour and has now ventured into mixed media. She is still travelling. Paul experiments with watercolour and ink, attempting to show the impact his subject has upon him.

31  John Ward Fowler
Galloway House, Carrshield NE47 8AA
01434 345488

John's work is varied with a growing focus on portraits and landscape, especially the glorious North Pennines around his studio.

32   Ellie Langley
Slack House Farm, Ireshopeburn, Upper Weardale DL13 1HL
01388 537292

Ellie works with natural, undyed wools from sheep on her environment award-winning smallholding to produce sustainable felted & woven pieces.

 33   Glynnis Carter
Studio House, Gallery 1611, Market Place, Alston CA9 3HS
07854 456043

Inspired by the landscape of the North Pennines, Glynnis aims to evoke a sense of place through a balance of colour and texture.

34   Alan Hayward
Back Garth, The Butts, Alston CA9 3JU
01434 382148

Photographs abstracting the essential elements of a subject, with a painterly approach to colour, texture and sense of place.

35   Jules Cadie
High Ashgill, Garrigill CA9 3HB
01434 381941

A studio stuffed with artwork celebrating nature and culture, colliding oil, water and polymer with natural materials and digitalia.

36   Lionel Playford
Rose House Studio, Garrigill CA9 3DU
01434 381092

New paintings inspired by the North Pennine hills and Lake District fells. A working artist's studio and small gallery.

network artists in northumberland

5 & 6 ,   12 & 13 ,   19 & 20,   26 & 27 June 2010

The annual Northumberland Art Tour expands beyond its county boundaries to include a cluster of artists from the North Pennines.

If you make the trip to the edge of the known world, taking the famously scenic A686 over Hartside or over the moors from Hexham, you will reach a land described as one of the last great wildernesses left in England. Although not much more than half-an-hour's drive from Hexham or Penrith, you will find yourself amongst the magnificent hills and moors of the North Pennines.

In contrast to the wilderness - or perhaps because of it and certainly inspired by it - you will discover a rich and varied seam of exceptional talent. Under the spell of Cross Fell and the upland magic of Alston Moor this is a fine place to visit and an exciting place to live and work as an artist.

The artists in the North Pennines cluster are Glynnis Carter, Paul Hickey & Norma Hickey, John Fowler, Lionel Playford, Jules Cadie, photographer Alan Hayward and felt-maker Ellie Langley.

If you plan a circular route, you might like to refer to the map below. It will take you over the hills and into the valleys of the South Tyne, Tees and Wear, in addition to the Allen valleys, and into the counties of Northumberland, Co. Durham and Cumbria.

All of us are open each weekend with the exception of Ellie (closed on Sat 5 June) and Jules (closed 12 ,13 and 19 June).

To complement the Art Tour, Gossipgate Gallery in Alston is showcasing a selection of our work in their Summer Show, which runs until 17 August.

If you'd like to linger longer in our North Pennines landscapes, Ellie and Jules offer B&B accommodation. Ellie at Slack House Farm runs the only off-grid B&B in England, with all energy generated through renewables. Jules at High Ashgill is a paler shade of green, with a smaller turbine but lashings of solar-heated water. Contact either of them through their websites. Also, Lionel offers Pennine Painting art courses.

Look out for yellow Art Tour road signs with studio numbers map of North Pennines Cluster

For other details of the Northumberland Art Tour and participants, visit


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