Projects which have been delivered since 2008
The Rock Charmer (part of Inside Out; Dorset Theatre Promotors Consortium) 2010
Winspit, near Worth Matravers, Purbeck
Kimmo Pohjonen (finland) and Paper Cinema (uk)
Inspired by the drama of the limestone cliffs, the performance combined the phenomenal accordion-playing of Kimmo with magical animations for a truly memorable experience. The audience were taken on a journey which started at the historic Square and Compass pub in Worth Matravers, from where they were led to the former quarrying site of Winspit, cradled in Jurassic Coast cliffs.
Inside Out took place in Bournemouth, Poole, Winspit (on the Jurassic Coast) and Dorchester
Inspiration Aspiration East Devon (DAISI) 2010-2011
Inspiration Aspiration East Devon was an arts is schools project. It used arts practitioners from a range of disciplines - writing, visual arts, film/digital media, music and dance - communities explored their locality through its environment, history and culture. The work used as the inspiration source both the physical coast, the local cultural heritage (museumes, archives etc) and local experts who specialise in the geology, wildlife and landscapes of the East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and also the scientific experts who specialise in this coast.
EARTHSCAPES Geology + Geography (Sherborne House Arts) 2009
The EARTHSCAPES programme of exhibition, seminar, talks and workshops brings together artists with geologists, landscape archaeologists and geographers in an exploration of current approaches to landscape. The Exhibition featured painting, photography, video, land art, environmental and site specific work by Richard Harris, Tania Kovats, Mariele Neudecker, Stephen Vaughan, Jeremy Gardiner and Kate Raggett.
Rocks: From axe heads to Zennor Head Judith Frost exhibition, (Bridport Arts Centre) 2009
The exhibition was drawn from the collection of Portland artist Judith Frost. Over many years, Judith has brought together a disparate and idiosyncratic group of objects, ranging from ancient stone tools to contemporary art, all of which demonstrate the impact made by human action on stone. Her fascination with rock stems from her situation - her studio is close to the sea in Portland - and her realisation some time ago that, as she puts it, "the rock beneath my feet was moving and the world was not as stable and secure as I had assumed".
MEMO project festival 2009
The MEMO festival was an awareness raising festival of stone carving and bell casting for the ambitious MEMO project held in May 2009.
MEMO is an ongoing project which aims to create a global monument to the species being lost in the present day. Memorials mark a life well lived or tragically ended - in either case they are about reflection. MEMO seeks to build a vehicle for reflection: a living monument to the fragility of life, the razor blade of existence we all live on. But this project has optimism too. At the same time that scientists have been warning of damage to biodiversity, they are also, increasingly shaping an image of life on Earth as a glittering web of interconnection embracing the globe. The hope lies in celebrating the ways we are connected to other species as well as learning from the reasons for the tragic severance of such connections in extinction.
Stone Paper Scissors (Walford Mill Craft Centre) 2009
This exhibition of exceptional high quality craft work, based on the Jurassic Coast, featured three makers in each of the disciplines of stone, paper and textiles. Each of the nine makers took inspiration from the Jurassic Coast, using the rock strata, fossils, dinosaurs, cliffs and beaches and the wildlife they support within their work. Additional educational work (KS2&3) included stone carving workshops creating pieces of work with sculptor Jonathan Sells; two schools investigated making through the experience of materials and process and the development and control of tools. There was also an opportunity to do workshops developing skills in the centre's children's summer programme in August. All work was exhibited in the courtyard during the summer and during the exhibition.
Jurassic Coast Carnival 2009 B Sharp (Lyme Youth Arts)
B Sharp is a 18 month music-making project in Lyme Regis, for young people between the age's 11- 21 years; up to 25 if helping. For the 2009 Fossil Festival, a diverse group of young people, trainees with B sharp and music leaders Ralph Cree & Glyn Bush composed a stunning music performance. Combining music & sound with visual projections, taking the audience through “A musical Journey in Time”, each piece was composed using Evolution as a theme. The group then brought some of the musical elements of this to Weymouth Carnival to accompany the visual work of other groups including Chapelhay Carnival group, Weymouth College, and Bideford carnival group Flying Colours.
Herbie Treehead's Jurassic Underworld 2009
Featuring work created in “The Land That Time Forgot” project by pupils from St Mary's School, Axminster; Muswell School, Axminster; and Southwell, Portland who worked with Artist Darrell Wakelam
Three schools took part in a project led by local Lyme Regis artist Darrell Wakelam who is working in partnership with Herbie Treehead on the development of a new show, bringing to life the history of the Jurassic Coast 190 million years ago. The schools project focused on the famous sketch of ancient Dorsetshire, the "Duria Antiquior" drawn in 1830 by the renowned geologist Sir Henry De la Beche. Children learnt about this picture, the geology of the coast, and then created 3D objects that formed part of the set for Herbie's new show. The show was launched at the Lyme Regis Fossil Festival 2009, and then toured to Purbeck Aware and Glastonbury.
Universal Value Commission (PVA MediaLab) 2008
Working with the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Team, PVA Media lab commissioned three site-specific performance pieces in response to the concept of Outstanding Universal Value of the Jurassic Coast and what the phrase means to people. This project worked with artist Charlie Morrissey and aimed explore the site's geology, natural history, geomorphology and environment. The three part commission started over the Cultural Olympiad launch weekend in West Bay (Bridport) and continued throughout the year.
Wise World Heritage Words - Jurassic Coast Annual Seminar Poet 2008
To celebrate the launch of the Jurassic Coast Arts Programme in 2008, we appointed a poet to inspire the attendees at the annual seminar for stakeholders and to respond to the theme of the seminar. Ralph Hoyte, the appointed poet, has had a long relationship with this part of the coast. He says:
"I know the coast from Bridport/West Bay to Lyme Regis quite well from holidays ‘BC' (Before Children) and returned often en familie to stay in caravans or B&Bs when said children were eventually born, so I have very fond memories of that whole dramatic stretch. I also know Chesil Bank quite well, have been youth hostelling to Lulworth Cove, Durdle Door and the petrified forest, did a bit of research on the Isle Of Portland for an earlier commission with Culture SW, and have also walked the other end (Old Harry etc)".
Armed with this comprehensive knowledge and some extensive pondering on the theme "What Does World Heritage Mean to Me", Ralph suggested that he open the seminar with a poem and close the seminar with a poem composed on the spot reflecting the presentations and discussions that took place during the afternoon.