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Nature Calling

A national arts programme connecting and deepening engagement with the landscape

Nature Calling is a nationally significant partnership project funded by Arts Council England and Defra (Department for Environment, Farming and Rural Affairs), as well as National Landscapes in England. Partners include the National Landscape AssociationActivate Performing ArtsPoetry School, the six regional National Landscapes that will act as ‘hubs’ (Chilterns, Dorset, Forest of Bowland, Lincolnshire Wolds, Mendip Hills and Surrey Hills). 

Each of the 34 National Landscapes in England will work collaboratively with their local communities, with key activity taking place at the 6 National hubs.

Artist Commissions

We are looking to commission writers and artists to take part in a brand new £2M ground-breaking national project called Nature Calling. We are seeking an exceptional, diverse range of artists to explore and celebrate nature and our National Landscapes (formerly known as Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty – AONBs), for a programme that culminates in a Season of art between May and October 2025.

Surrey Hills National Landscape will be playing a key role in this exciting project as 1 of 6 hubs, where a lot of the activity will take place. The aim of Nature Calling is to listen to our communities and ensure our landscapes are a place for everyone. It will engage new audiences across England and inspire the whole National Landscapes family, whilst bringing the special qualities of our National Landscapes to the fore.

To find out more and apply, visit Nature Calling

Nature Calling Artists Brief

Read our appendix for the Surrey Hills

Frequently Asked Questions

This opportunity has now closed.

The deadline for submissions was Midnight on 24th May 2024.

The interviews will be held on Wednesday 19th June in Reigate, Surrey.

Find out more about the other hubs and their work here:

With thanks for support from: