Ridges & Furrows is a new arts & heritage trail for Lincolnshire linking The National Centre for Craft and Design in Sleaford with Whisby Nature Park via the Lincoln Edge. The arts & heritage trail has developed alongside a programme of cultural events and arts experiences exploring and celebrating communities, local heritage and the landscape across locations along the trail in North Kesteven.
The Ridges & Furrows project began in summer 2015 with a series of artist residencies in North Hykeham, Waddington, Welbourn and Sleaford. The residencies aimed to bring together communities to develop ideas for new arts projects. In 2016 and 2017 the next phase of the project began with a programme of events and activities in Welbourn, North Hykeham, and Waddington. Ridges & Furrows brought together artists, historians and local people to delve into the heritage of these locations, revealing hidden traditions as well as exploring their present day identities.
Heritage trail guides are currently being produced for these locations. Permanent artworks celebrating and revealing hidden histories are being commissioned in a number of locations along the route.
Ridges & Furrows is delivered by The NK Arts Partnership – artsNK, Design Factory, Design-Nation, the National Centre for Craft & Design and the Terry O’Toole Theatre.
Ridges & Furrows has been supported by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.