This peatlands walk led to a bothy screening of the film Layerscape, created collaboratively by Laura Harrington with Sarah Bouttell, Debbie Bower and sound artist Lee Patterson. Layerscapeis a slow, immersive journey filmed over a year and inspired by the decomposition and layering of vegetation over thousands of years. The film explores vast and different peatlands from the uplands and blanket bogs of Allendale and Killhope to the ancient border mires in Kielder forest, observing the shifting and passing of time and viewing the power of nature to heal itself in multiple ways. Developed in collaboration with The North Pennines AONB Partnership.
Laura Harrington is an artist based in Newcastle upon Tyne. Her most recent project was in partnership with VARC (Visual Arts in Rural Communities) and North Pennines AONB Partnership that looks at the landscape of peatlands in Northumberland. She is also currently researching a collaborative project with Kaffe Matthews, to make an opera from the sonification of Atlantic salmon data from their journeys up and down the river Tyne. Other recent work includes CURRENT with artist Jamie Allen, a lighting intervention for 20 beach huts along the promenade in Blyth that respond to the wind. In March 2010 Laura completed an artist residency with the Environment Agency North East, developing a number of different projects for Northumberland.
Supported by VARC and Arts Council England. The walk and screening at Moor House Nature Reserve has been made possible by the support of Natural England.