step in stone is a project I’m organising, which will form a collaborative holistic, multi-stranded Art Trail around 2-4 disused/working quarries in the East Mendips to illuminate these hidden landscapes and explore Somerset’s heritage and beauty. Steeped in history and controversy, many repossessed by wildlife, the quarries will provide a fresh, dramatic environment in which to show distinctive art. So far, confirmed quarries are Westdown, Halecombe and Fairy Cave, with another possible.
Drawn from a range of disciplines, 15 invited/selected local and international artists: Artmusic, Cath Bloomfield, Bronwyn Bradshaw, Duncan Cameron, Duncan Elliott, Tessa Farmer, Stuart Frost, Suzie Gutteridge, Ralph Hoyte, Sally Kidall, Caroline Sharp, Amanda Wallwork, Christina White and I will create challenging, contemporary artworks for a curated trail in response to the subject. The project offers important new opportunities and development of practice for the artists, introducing a curatorial role for me and focusing on public engagement. In collaboration with Somerset Earth Science Centre, Somerset Wildlife Trust, Somerset Art Works and Black Swan Arts Centre there will be dedicatedworkshops, exhibitions, tours and talks to involve a wide audience.
Planned to run from July – October ’15, with the finale tying in with Somerset Art Works Festival and a related exhibition at Black Swan Arts Centre, Frome (3-18 October) the event will also hold an accompanying exhibition at Somerset Earth Science Centre, to include Christina’s impressive quarry photographs. Workshops during one week in July ’15 at Somerset Earth Science Centre will link with SAW’s InspirED offers with schools, as well as the wider community.
The aim is to involve school children, families, walkers, art and culture enthusiasts, nature lovers, research students and tourists wishing to explore the countryside, seeking a different experience. A catalogue and film would document the event, creating a lasting legacy.
The next big step is to apply for funding. The success of the project is reliant on this, together with local support. So, I’m avidly applying for financial backing and seeking sponsorship, (which would result in the organisation’s logo being attached to all publicity/marketing material, together with mutual benefits). A crowdfunding bid will soon go live on IdeasTap. Watch this space and do please let me know if you feel you can support this project in any way.