5 Minutes with Geraldine Pilgrim

Geraldine Pilgrim's Flight is at Brockhole, Windermere, from 7 - 10 July (photo by Hugo Glendinning) Brockhole, the Lake District Visitor Centre

Introducing 5 minutes… with Geraldine Pilgrim..

Who is… the artist commissioned by 14-18 NOW and Lake District National Park (Lakes Alive) to create a site-specific performance journey around the house and grounds of Brockhole, the Lake District National Park Visitors Centre.

Tell us more… In July 2016, Flight will celebrate our desire to fly and acknowledge the importance of Cumbrian aviation history during the First World War. Flight begins with a series of ticketed site – specific performance journeys over 4 days featuring local volunteer performers and continues for another 5 days in the form of a series of free innovative installations.

Why is this special to you… At the heart of Flight are the young airmen of the First World War and the people they left behind looking up at the sky waiting for their loved ones to return, like migrating birds coming home. Only to wait and wait as so many never came back.

When I read that the Royal Flying Corps was known as ‘the suicide club’ with new pilots often in their teens lasting on average just 11 days from arrival on the front to death, I thought of the Cumbrian landscape dreaming of its missing airmen, realising they would never return.

What can audiences expect… Audiences will experience an evocative journey through the house and gardens of Brockhole on Windermere, where layers of images will capture the beauty, power and drama of flight.

If you could name only 3 unmissable cultural hot spots or events in the Lakes – what would they be… Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House in Bowness-on-Windermere, the Brewery Arts Centre in Kendal and Grizedale Forest.

In a nutshell how would you describe the cultural offer in the Lakes…

A magical mixture of nature and art within a stunning landscape.

And after a cultural adventure in the Lakes, where would be your ideal place to eat or stay… Cragwood Country House Hotel on the shores of WIndermere.

And we just have to ask.. if you could choose one view in the Lakes where would that be… from the 555 bus looking across the Lake at Low Wood Bay Marina on the north-eastern shores of Windermere.

// Flight by Geraldine Pilgrim, Brockhole, Windermere, 7 – 10 July 2016

Ticketed performances run from 7 -10 July with a free installation from 11 to 17 July – tickets available online here

Flight is co-commissioned by Lakes Alive with 14-18 NOW, the UK’s arts programme for the World War One centenary.

// Geraldine Pilgrim

Geraldine Pilgrim Director/Designer and Installation artist works across theatre and the visual arts. She is known for her evocative installations and site-specific performances, which create a contemporary dialogue with occupied and deserted buildings, historic houses and landscapes.

She is also Artistic Director of the Geraldine Pilgrim Performance Company, set up to create site-specific events often working in collaboration with young people, older people and arts and community groups.

Working with the history – imagined and real – of a space, Geraldine Pilgrim specialises in creating installations and performances in unusual buildings and landscapes and has been commissioned by Heritage organisations including the National Trust, English Heritage and the Royal Pavilion Brighton.

Her work responds to the architecture of the site for inspiration and narrative, and has taken place in empty office blocks, schools, hotels, swimming pools, factories and hospitals as well as castles, stately homes and public parks.

She trained as a fine artist and theatre designer, is an Artsadmin Artist, a Complicite Associate and has been funded by Arts Council England, British Council, Jerwood Foundation, Gulbenkian Foundation and is an Associate Lecturer at Wimbledon College of Arts and a Visiting Lecturer at Goldsmith’s College and Central St. Martins.