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From our rural base we provoke questions, encourage discussion and stimulate positive advances in art practice.



Helen Ratcliffe and Alan Smith, co-founders of Allenheads Contemporary Arts are pleased to announce their success in receiving a Grants for Arts award from Arts Council England to carry out a programme of residencies and events through 2015 and 2016.

The programme entitled ‘As Above So Below’ will mark ACA’s 20th year and will bring together an exciting mix of artists and a diverse range of experts to explore man’s relationship to planet earth from 3 standpoints; above, on, and below ground.

The project is inspired by the human conditions of curiosity and ambition which prevent us from resting on what we see, understand and achieve, in the belief that more is to be found beyond recognised horizons.

ACA’s partnership with the Allen Valley’s Landscape Partnership brings an exciting new dimension to the programme; a community observatory will be built at ACA later in 2015.

Watch out for forthcoming announcements and opportunities regarding this exciting project.