Beneath The Boughs: the set-up

Photos taken by our Beneath The Boughs Photographer, Katie Johnston.

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Beneath The Boughs: Meet The Photographer!

Katie Johnston, Photographer, Beneath The Boughs

Katie Johnston: Resident Photographer for Beneath The Boughs

“I am a dedicated photography student based in Carlisle studying at the University of Cumbria. I am a colourful individual with a lot of passion in what I do. Whether I am planning a fine-art shoot on location, taking photos for an event or doing head-shots in the studio I will always perform to the best of my ability and produce beautiful photographs.”

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Check out her facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Katie-Laura-Photography/406826999407392

Or see some of the photographs she has already taken of Beneath The Boughs: https://guerrillapoem.wordpress.com/gallery/beneath-the-boughs/

Beneath The Boughs: let the poetry begin!

Beneath The Boughs, Lowther Castle & Gardens, Cumbria

Beneath The Boughs: photo by Katie Johnston

It’s official: Beneath The Boughs is up and running!

…though during the set-up, we were under the sweltering sun as often as beneath the boughs. Now that the weather seems to have cooled off a little, though, the time couldn’t be more perfect for visiting Lowther Castle & Gardens and seeing the project for yourself.

Poets whose work is featured in the installation come from as near as Bampton, and as far as Singapore. The poetry is displayed on a washing line, on pebbles, hanging from the trees, and in a whole host of other ways and places. There are also poems produced in workshops by students at Shap Primary School and Queen Elizabeth Grammar School.

At the entrance to the Gardens, you will be given a map that pinpoints the various parts of the installation, and after that, you’re free to wander at your leisure, discovering great poems as you go.

Beneath The Boughs poetry installation, Lowther Castle, Cumbria

Beneath The Boughs: photo by Katie Johnston

Ask the Art Professor: How do you come up with ideas?

Interesting question, and just as applicable to writing as it is to visual art.

Clara Lieu

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“How do visual artists come up with ideas for their artwork? Where should artists look for inspiration?”

The answer to this question will be different for every single artist. Everyone finds inspiration in a completely different way, in contrasting places. Since I can’t provide an answer for every single person out there, I can give advice about how to alert yourself to seeing possible ideas.  Essentially everything in the world has the potential to turn into an idea for art. What seems dull and boring to one person could be infinitely fascinating for another, and vice versa.

If that’s the case then, where do you start? Start with yourself and your own personal experiences. Many artists think that they have to search extremely far and wide and come up with an immensely complicated subject for their work to be interesting. I’m frequently surprised that the best subject matter is…

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