Exploratory Laboratory

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

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