Exploratory Laboratory is investigating the earth science and coastal processes revealed along the Jurassic Coast through the imaginative insight of visual artists. A series of research residencies for artists will lead to the creation of new temporary artworks developed in response to places and communities to be shown in buildings, open air locations and galleries along the coast path in 2012.
At the heart of the project is collaboration between earth scientists and artists to explore the unique geology of the coast and arrive at new ways of seeing and understanding it. The project will inspire artists and engage the public in the coast's past, present and future, both locally and globally.
Exploratory Laboratory starts with a free exhibition at the Bridport Arts Centre between 18th September - 23rd October 2010 showing the methods and technology being used to monitor and manage the Jurassic Coast alongside works by artists who are exploring these and similar techniques. Demonstrations, talks and hands-on workshops offer opportunities to find out more, and a symposium will bring together artists and earth scientists to kick-start collaborations between them. Download the Ex Lab leaflet.
Exploratory Laboratory is the first project organised by Big Picture, a collaboration of seven visual arts organisations in Dorset working with Dorset County Council, Dorset Design and Heritage Forum and the Jurassic Coast Arts Programme.
A new book that takes a quirky look at the Jurassic Coast has been published in time for Christmas – and it’s already proving to be a big hit. The Jurassic Coast – A Mighty Tale is published by The Jurassic Coast Trust and is written and illustrated by local artist Tim Britton.
Are you a Primary Teacher and need more help to effectively teach Rocks, Fossils and Evolution in your science curriculum? Then come and join us for a FREE training day led by Primary education consultant David Weatherly. Our special Big Jurassic Classroom Superteachers will also be on hand to take you through their own resources they have developed for the new Primary Science curriculum.
See the landmarks of Lyme Regis's most famous fossil-hunter in small groups with local expert Natalie Manifold. Learn about the life of 'the greatest fossil hunter ever known'. Explore the town as Mary knew it, see where she lived and where she sold her fossils.
Adults £10, children and students £3. Click here for more information.
The Jurassic Coast Trust are running a Fossil Hunt on Sunday 8th March at Bowleaze Cove near Weymouth with UK Amateur Fossil Hunters.
There'll be a whole day's worth of expert-led fossil hunting for just £8 per person, £10 per couple or £15 for a family of four - with half the proceeds being donated to the Trust. Click here for full details and to book your place.