genius lociCUBBY’S TARN


In Cubby’s Tarn Joseph continues to explore his long held fascination with our connection to the land. To places; the past and present, how we have shaped and influenced its use, and of how it has shaped and affected our lives at both a physical and spiritual level. But one area that has intrigued him more than most is this notion of the genius loci – the belief that places have an abiding protective spirit.

With Cubby’s Tarn, what began as a journey of Joseph’s own search for and exploration of the genius loci ended with the creation of his own metaphoric visual eulogy and written documentary into the life and influences of a long standing family friend, John James Cubby MBE, the former Forestry Commission Chief Wildlife Ranger at Grizedale. Of whom the tarn – a small pool – was renamed to as a memorial dedication of his services to wildlife management, forever now the spirit of this place.

A small selection of images from the series are available to view in the gallery above, with the full body of work including a number of essays recreated within the accompanying book of the series detailed below.

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 that runs until the 31st December 2017.



Cubby’s Tarn is currently being exhibited at the Grizedale Centre as part of Forest Art Works, a new partnership between Arts Council England and Forestry Commission England. For more details see the event details or the Forestry Commission’s Grizedale website

Cubby’s Tarn Exhibition
Grizedale Forest Centre
Nr. Hawkshead, Cumbria
LA22 0QJ

18th October – 31st December 2017

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The book for the full body of work for Cubby’s Tarn is available to purchase from JW Editions