A heartfelt thank you to each and everyone that visited the exhibition and or contributed and supported in some way, it is very much appreciated – Joseph
An exhibition of photography, book launch and associated events set in the heart of the English Lake District
Grizedale Forest Centre
Nr. Hawkshead, Cumbria
Exhibition: 18th October – 31st December 2017 (Now finished)
Excerpt from the music piece composed for Cubby’s Tarn by Richard Skelton. The full 15 minute EP can be heard at the Cubby’s Tarn exhibition.
In this series of photography Joseph features images created at a man-made Lakeland tarn set within a wildlife glade in the majestic Grizedale Forest. Part biographical in nature, Joseph takes inspiration for this series from the working life of the late John J. Cubby MBE, former Forestry Commission Chief Wildlife Ranger and family friend
Over a number of years Joseph developed an intimate study of the tarn and surrounding woodland through the repeated visits and time he spent there. In this way he has been able to create a quiet expressive body of work that explores the genius loci ‘spirit of place’
Joseph will also be holding a number of handmade book making workshops at Grizedale during the exhibition period. More details on these, including bookings, are available to be made through JW Editions here:
The book for the full body of work for Cubby’s Tarn is now available to purchase from JW Editions
I just wanted to drop you a quick line to congratulate you on producing such a beautiful book in Cubby’s Tarn… I’ve hardly put it down since Saturday afternoon. Seriously, I think Cubby’s Tarn is probably the most engaging book I’ve ever bought. I really value and appreciate the quality of your book, the thought that’s gone into it and the quality in its presentation and delivery. Cubby’s Tarn sets a whole new bar of quality for me in terms of what’s possible in a photobook. It’s really very special.
James Bell (Cubby’s Tarn Collectors Edition)
About John J. Cubby MBE (1938 – 2007)
After a short stint in agriculture John took up his dream job as a Wildlife Ranger for the Forestry Commission in 1968. A job that was to become his life career, lasting 35 years culminating in his retirement year, 2003, with an MBE honours for his services to wildlife management for the Forestry Commission. During his career for the Forestry Commission, John developed not only world renowned recognition for his influences in deer management practices, but also as a highly skilled ‘countryman’. John inspired many people to form greater bonds with wildlife and the countryside in both their personal and professional lives. Such was his popularity and influence that the names John Cubby and Grizedale Forest became synonymous with each other
The tarn, formerly named Low Fell Tarn and not marked on any maps, was known to be a favourite location in the forest for John to spend time at. It was only fitting that in 2008, a year after John died, that the tarn was renamed to Cubby’s Tarn in dedication to his memory. This exhibition coincides with the tenth year of John’s untimely passing
About Grizedale Forest
Grizedale Forest, 10 square miles of natural woodland in the Lake District near Coniston Water, is a large area of completely open, accessible, and free forest and path which is managed and maintained by Forestry Commission England. It is the UK’s first forest for sculpture – its history as a site for sculpture in the landscape was first established in 1977.
Forest Art Works
Since 1968 England’s Public Forest Estate has played host to artworks and initiatives across art forms. We believe that woodlands and forests are vital places for contemporary artists to engage with, to make and present new work. Forest Art Works is a partnership between Arts Council England and Forestry Commission England to support achieving great art and culture for everyone in England’s public forests. The new partnership from 2016-2020 builds on the success of an initial Memorandum of Understanding between the two organisations in 2012. For more details, see: Forestry Commission Grizedale and Grizedale Sculpture