Postcards from the Universe Next Door

On this page, you’ll find a selection of the creative ideas which were developed over a weekend residential in Ennerdale in August 2019, where we made “a temporary artistic community, exploring creative ways of being with each other in fellowship, in harmony, in nature.”

Video Postcards

A playlist of videos from the event

Sonic Postcards

Keith Fitton’s creative response to the weekend…


The Universe Next Door was a public weekend residential to create a temporary artistic community, and explore creative ways of being with each other in fellowship, in harmony, in nature.

Over the weekend, we made art together – including singing, song writing and composition responding to the natural environment. The project is a way of imagining a more harmonious and sustainable future - a culturally democratic artistic antidote to more commercial forms of mass entertainment, and a means of building and strengthening communities.

The residential was facilitated by an ensemble of socially engaged musicians including a cappella quartet Mouthful (Bex Mather, Dave Camlin, Katherine Zeserson & Sharon Durant), Dirk Proost (oboeist and improviser) and Sarah Verhulst (Early Years specialist) from Antwerp, NE percussionist Brendan Murphy, and Cumbrian willow artist Phil Bradley.

Low Gillerthwaite Field Centre

Low Gillerthwaite Field Centre (post code CA23 3AX) lies in the heart of the Ennerdale Valley, a remote landscape being managed back to wilderness: