The Future of The Steading
We recognise that the unique value of The Steading is its potential as the inspirational centrepiece where we can celebrate and tell the story of Tim Stead to encourage people of all ages to understand and appreciate the significance of his life and work and as a special location for community initiatives with the environment at their heart.
The Steading will offer education, activities and experiences in areas such as creativity (art, craft, poetry) and environment (wood and woodlands) with the guiding principle being Tim Stead’s profound understanding of humanity’s instinctive and archetypal need for tactile expression and aesthetic enrichment using natural materials. Or as Tim might have put it – wood comes from trees and everyone should be able to spend more time with trees.
Our ultimate vision for The Steading moves the visitor away from a passive engagement with the house and collection towards an active relationship in which doing, learning, creating and making come to the fore.
We aim to build new audiences by offering a breadth of cultural and participatory experiences and opportunities for local people and wider communities of interest.
We see our thematic activity areas as opportunities to work with other organisations and groups in diverse sectors that can each offer funding sources, partnerships and co-delivery potential.
The project to deliver this future vision will be undertaken in a phased approach beginning with the urgent acquisition and repair of The Steading and transfer of ownership of the Tim Stead Archive and Collection to the Tim Stead Trust.