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.
Here's a sneak peak at the home page of the new jurassiccoast.org:
We are running a Testing Session for the new site next Friday, 27th November, at 2pm at County Hall in Dorchester.
If you'd like to come along and put the new site through its paces, please let Guy know -
. We would love to have you along and hear what you think!
Our Jurassic Coast Ambassadors have been busier than ever. Here's some of the things they've been up to all along the coast over the last few months.
Emily Cowper-Coles accompanied the Jurassic Coast's Youth delegation to the 2015 World Heritage Youth Summit, held in Blaenevon in Wales. Emily acted as a mentor and expert for the young representatives of our World Heritage Site. You can read all about the Summit from Youth representative Hannah Graham here.
Martin Curtis recently spoke at Dorchester Children's Centre's "Saturdads" group. Martin spoke all about the value of fossil hunting on the beach as a fun, free and healthy family activity. He showed some top finds from his personal collection and spoke to the Dads in attendance about the best spots on the coast to look for fossils, and how easy they are to access.
Our East Devon Ambassadors assisted at our first ever event for Ladram Bay Holiday Park, one of the Jurassic Coast Trust's new Business Partners. Tony spoke to park guests about the history of the World Heritage Site, and Tony and Donald led a walk from the park, with its iconic red sea stacks, to Sidmouth. The event was very well-received, and will hopefully be the first of many that we run at Ladram Bay.
Tony speaks about the history of the Jurassic Coast
Trevor and John try out our new ACME Ammonite Racer tyres.
Steve Snowball recently contributed some terrific facts about what Weymouth and Dorset were like during the last Ice Age for Jurassic Skyline's Winter Flights programme. You can read Steve's facts here.
The Jurassic Coast Trust is partnering with the South West Coast Path Association and East Devon AONB Partnership for a "Coast & Countryside" dinner on Saturday 26th September at Higher Wiscombe in East Devon.