Life Cycles and Landscapes is an ambitious new project that will see a large-scale artistic and heritage work ‘The Way’ travelling to specific sites from North Norfolk to Dorset in 2018, along the ancient 400 mile Icknield Way, the source inspiration for the whole programme of work.
Research and development has already commenced as And Now: presented Wayfaring as part of Inside Out Dorset 2016 festival this year. Further professional development residencies will take place throughout 2017 and into 2018, for artists, heritage and environmental practitioners interested in collaborating in outdoor arts.
This exciting and ground breaking partnership between Activate, artists And Now: and Landscapes for Life (the National Association of Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty) aims to explore, celebrate and promote the landscape and the heritage of the ancient route and to create a national strategic agreement made between outdoor arts and Areas of Outstanding National Beauty (AONB). Our other key partners for this project are Norfolk and Norwich Festival and Oerol Festival.
Kate Wood, Executive Director at Activate says: “Activate is absolutely delighted to be working with all our partners in the UK, Netherlands and France to realise the artistic work of And Now:. Through Life Cycles and Landscapes, we will develop the artistic practice of making work in the landscape in England and through exploring this heritage, open up new opportunities with our colleagues at the AONBs. The investment from Arts Council’s Ambition for Excellence programme is a real endorsement of work made to animate our very special landscapes."
We are working hard to bring in all the match funding needed. Watch this space for news as the project develops into 2017 and beyond. It really will be an exciting couple of years!