Capturing the imagination

Special workshop comes to north Northumberland attraction’s programme

For the first time, architectural secrets will be revealed in a unique learning opportunity in impressive surroundings in north Northumberland.

Kielder Water and Forest Park has become the largest open-air art and architecture gallery in the country and the award-winning Kielder Art and Architecture programme will now play host to a special workshop, called Capture, thanks to a partnership with the world-renowned Bartlett School of Architecture (University College London).

Peter Sharpe, the programme’s art and architecture curator, said: “This is a first for Kielder Water and Forest Park and it’s a chance for anyone aged 17 and over who is interested in the subject to learn from experimental architects in the most spectacular setting.

“Perhaps you have a fascination for architecture and would like to know more or you’re already working in the field and would like inspiration, fresh direction or a chance to work with experts.

“It’s a unique opportunity to learn from experimental architects, ScanLAB, in the destination that houses the RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architecture) award-winning projects such as Kielder Belvedere, 55/02, and Kielder Observatory.”

Participants will have the chance to use 3D scanning technology to explore Kielder’s wild terrain, capturing unique environmental conditions in fine detail, and learn how they can be reproduced as film and images.

Work from the Capture project will be exhibited at a pop-up cinema in Kielder Forest at the end of the day.

Peter added: “Capture has been structured to be informative and fun and will provide practical insights into the ways architects use state-of-the-art digital equipment to ‘capture’ the sites they work with.”

The Capture workshop takes place on Sunday at Kielder Castle Visitor Centre and costs £10 per person.

To book a place, call Hexham Tourist Information Centre on 01434 652 220 from 9.30am to 5pm, Monday to Saturday, or 11am to 4pm on Sundays.

The Capture workshop is developed by Kielder Art and Architecture and the Bartlett School of Architecture UCL working with ScanLAB and supported by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation.

To find out more about Kielder Water and Forest Park’s art and architecture programme log on to the website – For more information about ScanLAB, visit