This half term art students from Budmouth College are celebrating Dorset’s wildlife with beautiful ceramic art inspired by the natural environment around the county. The year 13 students will be showcasing their artistic talent at an exhibition hosted at Dorset Wildlife Trust’s Lorton Meadows Conservation Centre, near Weymouth.
The students have been inspired by local landscapes, including Lorton Meadows and artists, such as Andy Goldsworthy
The students were asked to use elements from the local natural environment and inspiration from the work in the exhibition ‘Art in the Shadow of Cranborne Chase’ at Dorset County Museum, as their stimulus for at least three related ceramic pieces. The work will form part of their Level 3 Art Diploma and is the result of a project developed by their tutor and local artist, Helen Simpson. Helen said: “The students have been inspired by local landscapes, including Lorton Meadows and artists, such as Andy Goldsworthy, so in addition they will be creating some transitory ‘land art’ using only natural resources found on the reserve.”
We are thrilled to have the exhibition at Lorton Meadows, so visitors over half term can appreciate the students art work
The exhibition is open on Saturday 2nd, Wednesday 6th, Thursday 7th and Friday 8th June. Samantha Dallimore, Community Conservation Officer at Dorset Wildlife Trust said: “We are thrilled to have the exhibition at Lorton Meadows, so visitors over half term can appreciate the students art work you never know, it may encourage people to create their own pieces!”
Dorset Wildlife Trust’s Lorton Meadows Nature Reserve will continue to bustle with activity throughout the half term period with events for all the family. Open Days will be held on Saturday 2nd June 10am 4pm and Wednesday 6th June 10am 4.30pm, as well as Caterpillar Kids events on Thursday 7th June, and Friday 8th June, 10am to 4.30pm. Lorton Meadows Nature Reserve is at Lorton Lane, Upwey, Weymouth, DT3 5QH and is open daily free of charge. For more information call 01305 816546 or click here.
Notes to Editor
1. For more information please contact Samantha Dallimore at Dorset Wildlife Trust on 01305 816546.
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Wild About Weymouth and Portland is a partnership project, funded by the Big Lottery Fund through Natural England’s Access to Nature programme, involving Dorset Wildlife Trust, The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, Dorset Countryside (DCC) and Weymouth and Portland Borough Council. The project aims to improve access in and between important wildlife sites in the borough and encourage local people and visitors to discover, enjoy and help conserve the wonderful natural environment of Weymouth and Portland.
Additional funding has been provided by Portland Gas Trust and the AONB.
2. Access to Nature is run by Natural England and is part of the The Big Lottery Fund’s
Changing Spaces programme launched in November 2005 to help communities enjoy and
improve their local environments.
3. Natural England manages this £28.75 million Lottery-funded programme on behalf
of a consortium of twelve national environmental organisations comprising BTCV,
British Waterways, Environment Agency, Forestry Commission, Greenspace,
Groundwork UK, Land Restoration Trust, The National Trust, Natural England,
RSPB, the Wildlife Trusts and the Woodland Trust.
4. Through this programme, it is Natural England’s ambition to create opportunities
for people from all backgrounds to have greater access to our natural environment
and bring a lasting change to their awareness and understanding as well as
improved links to the natural world, which many of us can take for granted.
5. Access to Nature closed to applications in May 2010 but for further information
about the programme visit www.naturalengland.org.uk/accesstonature
6. For further information about the Big Lottery Fund, its programmes and awards visit www.biglotteryfund.org.uk
Art in Progress Helen Simpson
Art from Budmouth Students Helen Simpson
Budmouth Student art Helen Simpson