Event Profile: Art in the Barn

On the outer west edges of Northumberland you will find Green Croft, a farmstead located between Greenhead and Gilsland, sitting directly on the line of Hadrian’s Wall.

Originally called Foul Town, the buildings date from the early 18th century however the stone from which they are built was likely plundered from Hadrian’s Wall.

Visual artist Imogen Cloët and sound artist Kit Haigh have been commissioned to make a new temporary art installation that reflects on the sights, sounds and essence of these historic farm buildings located within the World Heritage Site.

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Presented in the  Hay Barn that backs on to the national trail,  Art in the Barn is only accessible by foot. So whether visiting Northumberland National Park, having a day out at Birdoswald or Roman Army Museum or embarking on a country walk walks, make this part of your exploration of the Northumbrian / Cumbrian landscape.

With an onsite pop-up cafe BAIT Box, a day out a Green Croft will leave you feeling refreshed, revived and inspired.

For more information on events happening at Green Croft please go to www.greencroftonthewall.com.

Need to know:

There is limited parking on site and Green Croft ask people to make a visit as part of their walk in the landscape. Location map and suggested walks with parking are on the website. If you have access needs then please get in touch with Green Croft directly

Artist biographies

Imogen Cloët - Visual Artist/Designer

Imogen is an award-winning theatre designer and visual artist based in Newcastle and has worked nationally and internationally in site-specific installation, theatre and film. Her practice is based on intensive research, immersing herself in the many stories a site will contain to create detailed multi-layered pieces that surprise and intrigue.

In the last decade she has created a body of work that responds directly to Heritage sites and has undertaken commissions such as  The Recollection Rooms with poet Jacob Polley at Belsay Hall, Bathtime at Segadunum, Ballroom for Enchanted Parks and Illumine part of LUX at Cragside. She is also an associate artist of November Club, a performing arts company that makes site-specific productions exploring the stories of the local communities with whom they work.

Kit Haigh - Musician/Composer

Kit’s musical career spans multiple genres and instruments. He is best known for his work as guitarist and co-producer with Northumbrian piper Kathryn Tickell, most recently in  Northumbrian Voices, and he composed the soundtrack for the Emmy & BAFTA Award-winning Channel 4 documentary The Boy Whose Skin Fell Off.

He has also composed music for balletLORENT and currently plays the drums in back-to-basics swing jazz band House Of The Black Gardenia. He has created responsive and generative music for numerous interactive art installations including The Secret Garden for the Royal Hospital For Sick Children in Edinburgh.

Amanda Drago - Creative Producer

Amanda graduated from Northern School of Contemporary Dance and undertook a career performing, teaching, producing dance and running her own company Falling Cat a resident dance company at Dance City, Newcastle. During this time her practice focused on choreographing work that enhanced the spaces within which it was performed. This included large-scale outdoor works as well as creating intimate installations in sensitive sites. In 2010 Amanda joined Arts Council England as Relationship Manager Dance and then Relationship Manager Combined Arts with a focus on carnival arts, melas and light festivals. She is currently a freelance Creative Producer / Fundraiser / Arts Manager. Her services include supporting individuals and arts organisations in project management, fundraising, organisational development and business planning. She also has been working on the capital development plans for Green Croft.

Find Green Croft online:

Instagram: @greencroftonthewall
Facebook: @GreenCroftOnTheWall