Grizedale Arts


Pope & Guthrie

Founded 1995.

At Grizedale

Nina Pope and Karen Guthrie have collaborated since 1996 as a multi-disciplinary creative company. They produce ambitious and challenging projects which are embedded within specific community groups or audiences; spanning film, the web, installation, live events and broadcast media.

In 1999 they undertook a residency at Grizedale, electing to work as a group of four artists with Ann Best and Simon Poulter, calling themselves ‘The People from Off’, a local term for outsiders.

In this instance they worked in collaboration with forest worker and amateur rally driver David Shuttleworth to raise his competitive performance and profile, producing material to assist his side through the ranks of his chosen sport. Grizedale Forest is regularly used for rally car races and naturally many young men in the area aspire to compete in this largely amateur sport. As part of the project an image was produced of Shuttleworth with his new car to grace the recently and controversially installed billboard in the forest, which was in turn featured in a photo-shoot for a Paul Smith clothing catalogue and feature in Top Gear magazine. Shuttleworth is still racing and is now married to one of the forestry workers (who assisted the artists by working with them on his website and fan club).

Pope & Guthrie’s approach has been important in developing the Grizedale concept, particularly in the idea of being useful to people – and that artists, like all humans, should give a lot rather than just take (Note: especially to engaged artists who pilfer community trust and bugger off to show it in a gallery Up West). 

The artists were some of the first to attempt webcasting (Festival of Lying, 2000), under difficult circumstances at Grizedale with only dial-up Internet coverage. They have also been notable for the way they have pulled together a range of different positions, from Mark Wallinger Jon Ronson, a local crop circle guy to the local estate agent Ralph Spours – ultimately combining talented and enthusiastic local people for wider social gain.

Pope & Guthrie, who won the Northern Art Prize in 2008, have continued to work on a number of Grizedale projects. Karen Guthrie has also produced a number of solo projects including ‘Jubilee Cake’ with Satterthwaite & Rusland Women’s Institute (2001) and has developed the gardens for Lawson Park.

Project Contributions


Selected Shows

2011 The Floating Cinema Collaboration with Studio Weave & Upprojects for Olympic Development Authority, London.
2010 – 2012 The Garden of Forking Paths, DLux, Loop Space, Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia & touring
2009 Can Art Save Us?, Millennium Galleries, Sheffield. Multiple 'Titchy/Kitschy' shown in Grizedale Arts contribution
2009 Jaywick Escapes, Commissioned by Essex County Council to develop ideas for the re-invigoration of public space in coastal Essex. With an installation at Jaywick Martello Tower
2007 Winners of the first Northern Arts Prize, with an installation exhibited at Leeds City Art Gallery