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Exhibition, Wed 7 Jun - Tue 31 Oct 2017

Polka, 2016 © Karen Shepherdson

Polka, 2016 © Karen Shepherdson


The Grizdale Forest Visitor Centre offers an inspiring site for an exhibition of Karen Shepherdson’s long-term photographic series ‘The Welcome Rest’. The exhibition will include a number of recent portraits made within the Forest and will show the complex relationships and bonds between dogs and their companions.
The Welcome Rest repeatedly challenges (mis)perceptions and assumptions. Karen recalls how a vulnerable man embraced his large, seemingly fiercesome dog and told her that ‘he’s a rescue dog – he rescued me’ and where a tiny apparently timid chihuahua jumped off a bench and squared up to a passing staffie.

The portraits Karen produces are knowingly modest – but reward scrutiny, showing as they do lives enhanced and conversations initiated through dog ownership.

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsGift shopOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePostboxPublic toiletsRegional Tourist Board MemberTelephone (public)Accepts groupsFacilities for conferencingFacilities for corporate hospitality

Event details

Dates Times
Wed 7 Jun - Tue 31 Oct 2017


LA22 0QJ


Signposted from Hawkshead village. From the south, signed from the A590 at Haverthwaite (this is also the only route for coaches).

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport: 10 miles from Windermere station


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • PostboxPostbox
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Telephone (public)Telephone (public)
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality

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