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Newsletter 9

As we move into our third year of ALATI we are pleased to announce some of the planned events for 2022:

Current: Calendar entries for 2023 calendar – we would like submissions from now that are relevant to particular months or seasons. All the images used will be credited. Please email an image to Kathy at

We have a few 2022 calendars still available at a reduced price of £5.

March: Artists and photographers’ guided walk, venue and date to be finalised, check with Facebook

2 or 3 June: An ‘en plein air art and photography event, possibly at Fairhill, to coincide with the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. It will include talks by artists and photographers and guidance from them as people work on their art and photography.

Early July - Open summer exhibition and competition: ‘Landscapes of the North’, to include work by pupils who live or are educated on Alston Moor as well as an exhibition of work by adults. The work can be photographs, drawings or paintings but must be two-dimensional. We would welcome submissions from older teenagers as there were none in last December’s exhibition.

September –exhibition – date yet to be confirmed.

We plan further walks and talks and will also be visible at market stalls throughout the year.

Autumn on Alston Moor Exhibition and Children’s Competition in December

In all 129 children and 11 adults exhibited their work at last December’s exhibition and competition in St Augustine’s of Canterbury church. The quality of the work was very high said the High Sheriff of Cumbria, David Beeby. He awarded prizes at our reception on Saturday, 4 December which 60 people attended.

A number of the adults had never exhibited before and were proud when their pictures sold. Parents said their children were delighted to have won as some of them were not academic or were very quiet so the prize was a boost for their confidence. Children told us they were pleased to see their pictures on display alongside those of adults.

The prize winners were:

Alston Preschool Playgroup

Age 2 Bella - aged 2 Special prize for two year olds

Age 3-4 Bobby - 3 Overall Prize

Lenny - 4 Special Prize for age 3-4

Primary Schools

Age 5-7 1st Patrick Dodsworth – aged 6 (Nenthead Primary School)

2nd Charlie Swindle – 7 (Nenthead Primary School)

3rd Connie Carrick - 5 (Alston Primary School)

Age 8-10 1st Elizabeth England - 9 (Nenthead Primary School)

2nd Hayden Renwick - 10 (Nenthead Primary School)

3rd Ayla McClelland – 9 (Nenthead Primary School)

Samuel King’s School

Age 11-13 1st Ellie Compton –aged 12

2nd Priya Brown - 12

3rd Callum Cameron - 11

People’s Prize:

Henry Carruthers – 8 (Alston Primary School)

Thanks are due to the Cumberland Community Foundation who gave us a grant. Thanks also to Ben Haslam who donated art items for the prizes; to Alston Preschool Playgroup who donated prizes and to the teachers at the Alston Federation Schools for all their pupils’ submission. Not least – a big thank you to the children and adults of Alston Moor for their hard work.

ALATI Annual General Meeting

At our first AGM on10 December on Zoom, we welcomed two new trustees: Sheila Mitton (artist) and Aileen Ellwood (as treasurer).

Help wanted

We would welcome volunteers to work on events’ organisation and fundraising.

Finally, we are looking for help from media students and others to record videos of interviews with our artists and photographers about their work.

ALATI Chair Kathy Reeds:

Facebook: Alston Landscape Arts Town Initiative (ALATI)

The Alston Landscape Art Town Initiative (ALATI) was set up in winter 2019 to promote Alston Moor’s landscape widely. Its board of trustees includes three artists and three landscape photographers. Its goal is to celebrate Alston Moor’s landscapes, to attract visitors year-round to enjoy courses, art trips and exhibitions (Covid permitting) and to support local artists and photographers.

Thanks to the Alston Moor Partnership and the Cumbria Community Foundation for their support.

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