Author: Nathan Akrill

Forum Invite

Arts, Science and policy makers will come together at the third Creative Coast Forum event at the University of Exeter on 10th September to discuss the question, can artists and scientists work together to improve the management of naturally designated site? The discussion will be illustrated by some of the creative work that has taken place over the last four years on the Jurassic Coast. The key note speaker will be Professor Deborah Dixon from Aberystwyth University, part of a NSF-AHRC funded UK-US team researching ‘Art-science collaborations: Bodies and Environments’.  The debate in the afternoon will be chaired by BBC Radio 4’s Material World presenter, Quentin Cooper.

The Jurassic Coast is unique for more than the rocks, fossils and landforms and is the first natural World Heritage Site to actively seek to involve the arts’ sector in its management.  It is hoped that this will set a precedent for other parts of the world and leave a legacy for the arts in England.

Creative Coast 2012 brings together and supports delivery of a range of arts projects inspired by scientific research and responding to the Jurassic Coast including many which have formed part of Maritime Mix – London 2012 Cultural Olympiad by the Sea, Dorset’s largest creative celebration to date. These includeExploratory Laboratory,Coastal Voices and The Jurassic Coast Earth Festival 2012.

“Through the Creative Coast 2012 project, The Jurassic Coast Partnership has been working with arts partners to develop creative projects which support the management of England’s only natural World Heritage Site.  This event will begin an international discourse around natural science, art and the value and management of World Heritage Sites. Having the Olympic and Paralympic Games off the Jurassic Coast has given us the unique opportunity to begin this ground breaking work while there is media attention here” said Daisy Sutcliffe Creative Coast 2012 Coordinator.

This Creative Coast Forum Event is free and supported by European Centre for Environmental Arts and Humanities, University of Exeter, The Jurassic Coast, Dorset County Council, Exeter City Council, and Arts Council England. Spaces are limited and to book visit: https://creativecoast.eventbrite.com

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