First Fridays are a time to gather and share – food, ideas, art, gossip. First Fridays is entirely informal: a bring-something-to-share lunch followed usually by some kind of artist presentation. Our guest artists this month are Rob and Harriet Fraser (somewhere-nowhere)

Rob and Harriet (working collaboratively as ‘somewhere-nowhere’) are drawn to the outdoors and find the temptation to be slow irresistible. Their personal crafts, photography and writing, provide the starting point for their responses. Encounters with place allow what was previously a nowhere to be transformed to a somewhere, with its familiarity and meaning gradually deepening. Rooted in the practice of walking Rob and Harriet also collect other people’s stories that reveal ‘multiple truths’ about what land means and the way it is valued and treated. Their work appears online, in exhibitions and in temporary outdoor installations that combine visual art, language and natural materials. Rob and Harriet are currently bringing together a book for The Long View, a two-year project involving repeated journeys to seven trees, and they are making plans for the touring exhibition, which will be launching in the galleries at Grizedale Forest in June 2017.