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South Dorset Ridgeway To Be Animated With Art Trail

Hellstone Sunset (c) Tony Gill

9:33am 13th November 2013

Inside Out Dorset festival is returning in September next year to transform the landscape of Dorset with 10 days of free outdoor art and cultural events.

Organisers plan to create an art trail along the South Dorset Ridgeway as part of the programme for 2014.

Hardy's Monument, Portesham and Littlebredy will be some of the key locations.

To support this, during the summer, Activate invited proposals from artists for commissions on the Ridgeway. The response was so successful that over 60 applications were received. The quality of which was exceptionally high and after a lot of deliberation, nine artists were chosen.

These were; Frances Aitkin- Bill Aitchison- Gobbledegook Theatre- Hazel Evans- And Now- Sarah Butterworth- Artmusic- Adrian Newton- Emma Williams

The commissions include a wide range of art forms, including outdoor performance, sound, music, writing, multimedia and live art. The final event will take place in September 2014 as part of our festival of extraordinary events in extraordinary places.

Kate Wood, Executive Director of Activate said:  "We're delighted with the artists that have been selected and are now working on the next stage of inviting them down into the landscape to start the making process."

"We can only continue to deliver free art of this quality through our strong regional partnerships and local support. As part of the 2014 festival we're pleased to be partnering with the South Dorset Ridgeway Landscape Partnership who, through their recent successful bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund is contributing £25k towards this project, to present a programme of commissioned outdoor work in the Portesham and Littlebredy area of West Dorset."

Picture Copyright Tony Gill

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