Kielder Forest is venue for artwork bus tours

Visitors to Kielder Water & Forest Park can enjoy a tour of the forest's artworks by minibus this Sunday

The Kielder Head
The Kielder Head

A bus route where every stop is an eye-opener is to be trialled this weekend.

More than 20 artworks have been created in Kielder Water & Forest Park since 1997.

Many are scattered throughout the vast forest , with some accessible off the Lakeside Way circular route.

But it can be time-consuming for visitors to take in several of the sculptures in one trip.

One of the Kielder artworks
One of the Kielder artworks
 

So on Sunday a trial tour by minibus will be available which will carry passengers off the beaten track and directly to the art pieces sites.

The tour will be hosted by Kielder arts curator Peter Sharpe who will tell about the artists’ inspiration for the works and the challenges of creating them in the often remote environment of Kielder Water & Forest Park.

The tour will start at 1pm from Kielder Castle and return at 4.30pm.

The aim is to take in art works including Silvas Capitalis, or the forest head; the Janus Chairs; Stell, Belvedere and Kielder Skyspace.

Janus Chairs
Janus Chairs
 

It costs £5 per person or £15 for a family of two adults and two children and places need to be booked by calling 0845 1550236.

People on the tour will have very little walking to do but appropriate footwear and warm waterproof clothing is advised.

Peter said: ”It is shame that some people can find it difficult to reach and admire some of the great pieces of art installed around the park so we have set up this unique opportunity to travel in style and learn all about the art and architecture of England’s largest open air gallery.

“If this trial proves popular we will look to see if we can repeat similar tours in the future.”

The Stell at Falstone
The Stell at Falstone
 

The Stell was created in Falstone by Sunderland artist Colin Wilbourn, while the Forest Head is by American arts collective Simperch.

The artwork 55 is by architectural practice Sixteen Makers,; Ryder Architecture produced Janus Chairs and Softroom created the award-winning Belvedere.

Peter said: “When the artworks were created it was not done so necessarily with accessibility in mind but more so in terms of the way the locations inspired the artists.”

If the test run is a success more tours could follow next year, using forest roads.

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