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The Howgill Guardian

The Howgill Guardian was the result of UHC’s artist development programme with the Howgill Family Centre.

Six months of mentoring, collaboration and experimental activity led to the creation of a piece of contemporary craft made from recycled and sustainable materials.

The artefact, rooted in the community in which it was created, is a cabinet of the most glorious curiosities and a repository for aspirations and dreams.

Hand-crafted from reclaimed wood, the bespoke cabinet rotates through a full 360 degrees to enable the viewer to embark upon their own intimate journey.

The development and showcasing of the work formed the centrepiece of a series of community interventions in the small town of Cleator Moor. This included workshops and residencies at local schools and shops, and a two-hour festival in the town square.

The project engaged with more than half of all local residents and informed the refocusing of the Howgill Art team toward delivering contemporary engaged practice alongside therapeutic interventions.

The Howgill Guardian exemplifies a collaborative approach to engaged practice that runs alongside the creation of a bespoke work of unique contemporary craft

The most exquisite piece of art that I have ever seen resulting from a public arts engagement project.
External Evaluator for Local Authority and Arts Council England