Lawson Park Farm is the headquarters of Grizedale Arts, a charitable organisation which offers artists' residencies and curates and commissions contemporary art. The building houses four live/work spaces, various communal areas and a warden's cottage.

During 2007-10 the site's land and buildings were brought back into a working condition, following many decades of decline from active farming. 2008/9 saw the main part of the building's refurbishment. In summer 2009 the building was officially opened by Sir Nicholas Serota (Tate) and broadcaster Eric Robson.

Lawson Park is now a research base for a wide range of people working with Grizedale Arts including contemporary artists, craftspeople, curators, cultural theorists, farmers, gardeners, educationalists, regenerators, funding bodies, and local and international small communities.

The surrounding land - an area of around 15 acres of pasture and woodland -  is continuously developed as a series of productive, decorative and wildflower gardens. Since 2009, over a hundred trees have been planted as well as countless shrubs and herbaceous specimens. The house and gardens open to the public on occasion, by prior appointment with us.

The emphasis of Lawson Park is on trying new ideas and ways to use the landscape for productive and recreational purposes and - ideally - productive recreation.

Lawson Park - west-facing elevation from wildflower meadow
Lawson Park - west-facing elevation from wildflower meadow
Lawson Park prior to refurbishment
Lawson Park prior to refurbishment
The barn pre-conversion
The barn pre-conversion