Photoshoot inspires families to get Creative & Curious

Tourists to Castlerigg Stone Circle got more than they bargained for this weekend as a group of mini artists got busy amongst the sheep and stones!

The group of youngsters, aged from 6-11 and from Keswick, Harrington and Great Clifton, were taking part in a photoshoot for the Cumbria element to the Get Creative Family Arts Festival, which will take place in cultural venues countrywide throughout 9 October - 1 November.

The man behind the lens was local landscape photographer, Rob Fraser who said, “I jumped at the chance to get involved. The session was immensely fun and it was fascinating to see what the youngsters produced and how they interacted. We got some great shots and gave the tourists a completely different experience – which seemed to go down well!”

The inspiring images will help raise the profile of Cumbria Family Arts Network (CFAN), a collection of cultural organisations that are working together to increase awareness of arts activity for families in Cumbria.  The theme for this year’s Get Creative Family Arts Festival in Cumbria is Creative and Curious, and includes activities for all ages and budgets at a wide range of venues.


Anne Timpson, Chair of Cumbria Family Arts Network said “The Festival is a chance for us to celebrate the wealth of arts opportunities for families in the county and we hope that everyone will be inspired to get involved.”


New for this year is CFAN Presents, a platform that introduces and champions new performances for families: Madam Bridget's Caravan of Curiosity (Ian Douglas, storyteller) and Raining Dragons and Trolls (Prism Arts' Studio Theatre), both of which will tour to venues countrywide.


The Festival also includes a series of Creative and Curious Experience days with poet, Emma McGordon. Held in various locations, these FREE activity days offer families the chance to get creative and curious with maps, both personal and literal.


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The festival is part of the national Get Creative Family Arts Festival, supported by the Family Arts Campaign and Arts Council, England.