Lawson Park Farm is the headquarters of Grizedale Arts, a charitable organisation which offers artists' residencies and curates and commissions contemporary art. The building houses four live/work spaces, various communal areas and a warden's cottage.
During 2007-10 the site's land and buildings are being brought back into a working condition, following many decades of decline from active farming. 2008/9 saw the main part of the building's refurbishment, with the GA office housed in a temporary site hut whilst the works progressed. In summer 2009 the building was officially opened by Sir Nicholas Serota (Tate) and broadcaster Eric Robson.
Lawson Park is now a research base for a wide range of people working with Grizedale Arts including contemporary artists, , craftspeople, curators, cultural theorists, farmers, gardeners, educationalists, regenerators, funding bodies, and local and international small communities.
In addition to the renovation of the building, the surrounding land will continue to be developed as a series of native species-focused and wildflower gardens. The old farmland - an area of around 15 acres of pasture and woodland - will be improved to provide a working smallholding, producing food and other useful produce. The house and gardens open to the public on occasion, chiefly under the National Garden Scheme.
The emphasis of Lawson Park is on trying new ideas and ways to use the landscape for productive and recreational purposes and - ideally - productive recreation.