Art in motion

Art On The Run credit TenEight and Wild Rumpus CIC

© TenEight

Looking for something fun, creative and energetic to get your teeth (and feet) into? Wild Rumpus (producers of the award-winning Just So Festival and last year’s A Day At The Lake Festival) and Forestry Commission England have joined forces to present a brand new kind of fun run this May.

Art On The Run offers the chance to combine a passion for the arts, woodlands and exercising outdoors in a comical dash like no other.

Art On The Run credit Mark Carline and Wild Rumpus CIC

© Mark Carline

Those brave or wild enough to take part will enjoy a 5k hurtle through a beautiful, Forestry Commission managed landscape encountering surprising and fantastical large-scale art installations along the route. “Expect the unexpected to help you on your way,” says Wild Rumpus co-director Sarah Bird. “Look out for eccentric warm ups in advance, then race, run, scamper, chase, sprint, scurry, bound, dart, canter, gallop, jog, scuttle, trot or walk.”

Once you’ve crossed the finish line you can join in some revelry and dancing amid a soundscape of footstomping musicians. It’s idea for those spilling over with beans and eagerly imaginative.

Art On The Run cr Wild Rumpus CIC

© Wild Rumpus CIC

“We love running, we love music, we love art and we love exploring forests, so we put all this together to create a new event,” says Wild Rumpus’ other co-direct Rowan Hoban. “We’re thrilled to have found such a beautiful and inspiring site to host our first ever Art On the Run.”

Art on the Run takes place at Drinkwater Park, Prestwich, Greater Manchester on 11am, Sunday 21st May 2017. Tickets cost £20 for adults and £10 for children.

Find full information and book tickets at Please note that tickets will not be available to purchase on the day.

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Visit Hinterland at Scotland’s Festival of Architecture 2016

Semi ancient forest surrounding St Peters Seminary by Al Smith, courtesy of NVA

Semi ancient forest surrounding St Peters Seminary by Al Smith, courtesy of NVA

Experience the atmospheric wonder of an extraordinary nocturnal art event to mark the launch of Scotland’s Festival of Architecture 2016.

From 18th-27th March 2016, you’re invited to attend the special installation at St Peter’s seminary, in Cardross, Argyll & Bute.

Presented by Glasgow-based public art charity NVA, the event is expected to be a key highlight of the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design.

Visualisation of St Peters Seminary interior by James Johnson, courtesy of NVA.jpg

Visualisation of St Peters Seminary interior by James Johnson, courtesy of NVA

As dusk falls to darkness amongst semi-ancient woodland on the Firth of Clyde, Hinterland welcomes you to discover one of Scotland’s most iconic 20th century buildings, transformed using sound and light to symbolise its rise out of monumental ruination into a new creative life, fifty years after the modernist masterpiece was built.

With you moving through the seminary as the protagonist of the structure’s reinvention, the skeletal concrete structure will be subtly re-animated with monochromatic lighting, projection and a specially commissioned choral work by composer Rory Boyle, performed by St Salvator’s Chapel Choir from the University of St Andrews.

Sounds entrancing, doesn’t it?

Hinterland is a creative collaboration between director Angus Farquhar, designer James Johnson, composer Rory Boyle, University of St Andrews Music Centre and St Salvator’s Chapel Choir, lighting director Phil Supple, creative studio NOVAK Collective, who provided projection design, as well as Dav Bernard, Zephyr Liddell, Robbie Thomson & Pete Sach from 85A art collective, who created the installations. Quite the cross-platform cultural mix!

The event opens on 18 March 2016 and runs to 27 March 2016. Find out more and buy tickets at

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