PAPERBRIDGE is a temporary bright red arched bridge made of paper that will bridge a beck at the top of the Grisedale Valley, under the shadow of Helvellyn, from May 8-18.

Created by one of our most innovative artists, Steve Messam, and commissioned by Lakes Culture as part of its Lakes Ignite 2015 programme highlighting the region as a cultural destination, the paper is being specially formulated by Burneside papermaker James Cropper. The red colour will be fast in the paper so that if it rains none of it will run into the watercourse; at the end of the exhibition all the paper will be returned to James Cropper for pulping and recycling into new paper.

Situated between two parallel paths up the valley, Steve says the intensity of colour will contrast with the verdant landscape making a bold statement of form and design.

Steve is looking for a small number of volunteers to help on the PaperBridge project - from guiding the public and collecting audience data, to building and dismantling the bridge itself.

Meanwhile, the Lakes Ignite programme also includes Harmonica Botanica on display until May 20 in the Fern House at the National Trust’s Wray Castle, Low Wray, Ambleside. Created by another extremely inventive Cumbrian, Dan Fox, it comprises a growing laurel in a pot, which has a monitor overhead, and as the plant grows, the monitor converts the movement into musical sounds.

Also, under the Lakes Ignite banner is Louie Ingham's Point To Point - a new downloadable audio track series reinterpreting the classic Wainwright Walla Crag walking route, and described as audio theatre meets fell walking. Available at

Finally, in Take Me Back To Manchester, two local film makers Dom Bush and Simon Sylvester will capture the Cumbrian stage of acclaimed Manchester-based comic artist Oliver East creative trek from Edinburgh to Manchester, from April 8-17, as he follows the route the legendary elephant Maharajah took in 1872, after being bought at auction by the owners of Manchester’s Belle Vue Zoological Gardens.

The film will be screened at the Lake District National Park Visitor Centre, Brockhole, Windermere, between May 8-17.