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Two opportunities for Artists on the South Dorset Ridgeway

Deadline: March 11, 2016

Applications are invited from artists to work on the concept and installation of an ‘orientation point’ and other interpretation for the South Dorset Ridgeway Landscape Partnership in West Dorset.  

With the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund, the South Dorset Ridgeway Landscape Partnership wants to encourage local residents and visitors to explore this fairly unknown and unique area of west Dorset.  

The South Dorset Ridgeway Landscape Partnership has identified two related projects where the skills of artists could greatly enhance the Heritage Lottery Fund supported programme of work, using their creativity to attract and inspire local people and visitors and help develop an emotional connection to the area.

With additional support from Arts Council England, The Arts Development Company will work with the Landscape Partnership to commission an inspiring Welcome and Orientation Point for visitors to start their visit
on the South Dorset Ridgeway and encourage wider exploration of the South Dorset Ridgeway area a well as repeat visits. 

COMMISSION 1: Design and install Welcome and Orientation Point at Black Down

Black Down is the highest point on the South Dorset Ridgeway, popular for walking and for its dramatic panoramic views over the Jurassic Coast, England's only natural World Heritage Site. The Landscape Partnership is working with Dorset County Council, who own / lease an area of land at Black Down, to create a new car park and easy access trails intended to increase the number and diversity of visitors to Black Down over coming years.

COMMISSION 2: Design and produce effective interpretation to accompany ten new circular walks.

Visitors will be encouraged to explore the South Dorset Ridgeway more widely through a set of 10 circular walks of varying lengths that explore different elements of this unique landscape. The Landscape Partnership’s initial research identified 3 themes that represent the heritage and culture of the South Dorset Ridgeway that can be showcased through these circular walks. 

For full details of this commission please download the brief below.

Download Artist_Brief_for_Orientation_and_Interpretation_at_Black_Down.pdf(1,254 KB)