AN EARLY career artist or architect is sought to design a new iconic viewpoint close to the summit of one of England’s most iconic mountain bike trails.

The project by Kielder Water and Forest Park Development Trust, supported by Arts Council England, will create a new viewpoint, shelter and focal point on Purdom Pike, close to Kielder Observatory, for mountain bikers and others enjoying Kielder Water and Forest Park’s Lonesome Pine trail.

Peter Sharpe, curator for Kielder Water and Forest Park, said: “For 25 years Kielder has been developing and delivering high quality creative projects, giving artists and architects from all over the world the chance to enhance the experience for the visitors and communities of Kielder.

“The successful designer will be working in a stunning location, with exceptional views of the surrounding landscape.

"They’ll be supported with funding, local expertise and studio space to develop their concept. This is a rare, and unique career development opportunity.”

Hazel Stone, Arts Development Manager for Forestry England added: “We are really keen to encourage artists, designers and architects from all backgrounds to apply – even if you haven’t worked in a rural environment before.

"We are particularly interested in practitioners who are interested in bringing different cultural perspectives and vision to Kielder.”

Phase one of the commission has been funded by Arts Council England. For further information and to apply visit . The deadline for expressions of interest is July 31.