Cumbrian Creative Conference - with Joe Cornish & David Ward

8th - 12th November 2021 - NEW TOUR - 1 SPACE AVAILABLE


“The fleeting hour of life of those who love the hills is quickly spent, but the hills are eternal. Always there will be the lonely ridge, the dancing beck, the silent forest; always there will be the exhilaration of the summits. These are for the seeking, and those who seek and find while there is still time will be blessed both in mind and body.”

Alfred Wainwright, The Western Fell


It’s not so long ago that Daniel Defoe described the Lake District as “the wildest and most frightful of any country.” However, visitors soon came to recognise it as a place of wildness, yes, but also of sublime beauty. Is there any place on Earth that fits so many diverse treasures and hidden gems into such a small area? For artists and  photographers the area holds many lifetimes of study - changing its face through the seasons, often several times a day as the weather moves through - this is a place of endless possibilities.

The lakes (from the impressive Derwent and Ullswater of the northern Lakes right down to the innumerable and often unnamed tiny pools) and hills provide a structure and backdrop. Then, with an artist's eyes the details reveal themselves in the drystone walls, the twisted and lichen covered trees, the soft reedbeds and leaf litter. Everything here seems to come together in a perfection of composition. It is little wonder it has inspired writers and poets, ceramists and textile artists as well as painters and photographers for generations.


Led by Joe Cornish, David Ward, Valda Bailey & Doug Chinnery




And so, it is here that we will base ourselves for a ‘Creative Growth’ workshop. If you have read the in-depth description of what these workshops entail you will know they are as much about talking and learning from each other as they are about making images in the field. This is very definitely not a dawn to dusk photography workshop (although you will be able to go out and make images in the 'best' light). Nor is it primarily a technique based workshop - this is aimed squarely at photographers who feel very comfortable with their equipment and the techniques involved in using them. This is a workshop for those who want to think more about the 'why?' of making an image rather than the 'how?'.

The focus of our discussions and field trips will centre around building a body of work which will express your feelings about the landscape. We will look at making images about things rather than simply 'of' things. So if you have been searching to give your work more depth and meaning, if you have been looking to make your work project oriented rather than 'trophy image' based or if you wish to explore alternative ways of expressing emotion and feeling win your work, then this workshop is likely to be for you.

We will be going out every day to make images, but time each day will also be spent in the classroom. The goal? To help us all move forward in the way we think and see as creative people. You will spend some time in the field with each leader in small groups, to benefit from their individual creative and teaching styles during the week.

To help guide us in this admittedly tricky task, we have (and are honoured to have) Joe Cornish and David Ward as our co-leaders. Their reputations precede them as internationally renowned image makers with extensive experience in teaching their craft world-wide. This is a wonderful opportunity to spend time with and learn from them.

The Creative Growth sessions will be focusing on subjects such as (we will tailor these to the group and so subjects may vary);

    • How do I make creative progress?
    • Why and How to work in projects and to decide what our projects might be about.
    • Looking outside of photography for inspiration.
    • A deeper understanding of composition.
    • Understanding colour and exploring how we use it in our work.
    • Constructive critique - both of your work made before the workshop and during it.
    • Improving our image processing & printing.
    • Where do I take my work from here? Exhibiting, Publishing. Selling our work.

The workshop will include practical exercises to give the shooting sessions in the field focus. All of the teaching sessions on screen will be recorded and provided for you as videos so you can re-watch them again as many times as you wish back at home - to reinforce the learning.

Please come prepared to get involved. This is not a workshop for passive observers - we all take part and the more we immerse ourselves into the discussions and talks, the greater the benefit we will derive - in fact the more beneficial the whole week will be for us all.

To make the experience even more enjoyable, we have located ourselves at the rather wonderful Lodore Falls hotel. This has just undergone a multi-million pound refurbishment and is right beside Derwent Water where we can walk straight into Manesty and lose ourselves in creative heaven. We are five minutes from the glories of Borrowdale. We will also be taking you to work in some fabulous disused Lakeland quarries (one of which has its own Goldsworthy installation). Our aim, as on all of our tours, will not be to go cliche bagging, but to immerse you in a location and help you find images that speak to you.

If you have a non-photographic partner who would like to join us, they would be very welcome. If space allows, they are welcome to come out when we go shooting (or can use your own vehicles, of course). While we are in the conference room they have a brand new hotel Spa to enjoy. Included as a treat for non- photographic partners, a gift of 4 hours in the spa (treatments extra). 

Please take a look at the hotel website HERE to see what awaits us. Evening meals are included.

The evenings around the meal table are a happy time for good conversation about art, photography and all things creative - a time to enjoy each others company, a time to make new friends and catch up with old ones.

We are very excited about this new Creative Growth workshop and do hope you are too.



Overlooking picturesque Lake Derwentwater, Lodore Falls Hotel is set in 40 acres with a waterfall and lakeshore.

Views across the lakes or mountains feature in many of the rooms.

Mizu Pan Asian Restaurant serves a selection of Japanese, Malaysian and Thai-inspired dishes, freshly prepared from the finest ingredients with a Lake District twist.

The Falls Spa offers a thermal suite with 12 different heat experiences, 5 treatment rooms, an exclusive Champagne bar and an outdoor infinity-edge vitality pool.

The award-winning Lake View Restaurant has a varied menu of local produce and fine cuisine, serving light meals and afternoon teas. The lounge bar offers cocktails, real ales and afternoon tea.

The hotel is next to a variety of woodland trails, just 5 miles from Keswick.


8th - 12th   Nov 2021


PRICING: £2,149.00 pp



Partner rate (non photographing)  £845

Includes £10 carbon offsetting fee. This is a voluntary contribution. Please advise us if you would rather opt-out and we will cover your contribution.


Four nights  single occupancy accommodation at the Lodore Falls Hotel, breakfast and evening meals (drinks not included)

Full use of conference facilities.

Tea, coffee, bottled water in the conference room

Transportation during the workshop.

Tuition from Joe, David, Valda and Doug.

Max, 16 clients

Fitness level - gentle walking, some muddy uneven paths.

Temperature High 4° C/ Low -3°

Partner rate - includes a four-hour pass to the Spa (treatments extra). Please note, spaces in the transport to locations is limited but you are welcome to join us as space allows. Does not include access to the conference room sessions.


Flights, transfers (unless your train arrives at Penrith as we are driving through) insurance, alcohol, meals and snacks not mentioned.


Social media, Valda

Social media, Bailey Chinnery

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