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General News > The STONE Festival 2013
For the second year running the Stone Academy is delighted to announce that The Stone Festival will be returning to Barnard Castle between the 21 and the 29 September in the grounds of The Bowes Museum.
Celebrating the past, present and future of stonework in the North Pennines, a programme of walks, talks and courses has been planned to reflect the impact that stone has on the local landscape. Adults and children alike are invited to take part in workshops with sculptors and artists and an eminent philosopher shares with us his fascination for dry stone walling.
The programme of talks, walks and demonstrations on various aspects of stone will help raise awareness of the deep influence stone has had on the cultural DNA of local communities.
The VAR Initiative (Vernacular Architecture Revival Initiative) set up the three year Stone Academy research and development project with Heart of Teesdale & HLF (Heritage Lottery Fund) seed funding in 2012. The aim of the academy is to create an educational infrastructure that develops stone skills and an understanding of how stone can be applied in traditional and innovative ways.
During the festival renowned sculptor, Louise Plant, will be creating new pieces from local stone and she will be providing guidance to a small group of emerging sculptors who are eager to gain experience working in stone.
Speaking about the festival Louise said: "I am very much looking forward to being part of this year's Stone Festival at The Bowes Museum. It's exciting to think of working with the team, of sharing ideas with colleagues and generating creativity with new audiences. It is a brilliant opportunity to develop sculptural responses to the unique landscape of Teesdale and I am curious to see what will happen! "
For more information on the Stone Festival and for a full list of events visit: www.stonefestival.wordpress.com