Call out for interested artists, Bridport, Dorset

The artists projects will be part of the programme of activities for the Bridport Literary and Scientific Institute Restoration Project, which will restore and bring back into community use the Bridport Literary and Scientific Institute (LSI).  The project is being led and managed by the Bridport Area Development Trust (BADT).

The Bridport Area Development Trust (BADT) is a charitable organisation, set up in 2009 with the aim of promoting and realising the transfer of ownership of community assets (land and buildings) for the benefit of the Bridport community. 

The BADT has been successful in securing Heritage Lottery Funding for the project to restore Bridport Literary and Scientific Institute as a mixed-use community building incorporating interpretational material on its history and wider historic context, and the history of the local rope and net industry.  A full programme of interpretation activities has been developed for the project and commissioning artists will be a key element of this.

The Building: Built in 1833, the LSI was originally founded as a Mechanics Institute in 1834, set up to provide education for working men in local industry. In 1855 a new committee was formed, the ‘Literary and Scientific Institute’, and in 1864 the building was conveyed to the L&SI trustees to encourage “the intellectual and moral improvement of all classes and the cultivation of Literature, Science and Art.” In 1865, the Bridport School of Art was established, operating on the first floor of the building, where it developed to become one of the most successful art schools in the South West of England. 

In more recent history, following a period of time when the building was requisitioned for war service, the Institute closed in 1950 and was re-opened as a Dorset County Council public library. The library relocated in 1997 and since then the building has been closed to the public.

Bridport Literary and Scientific Institute is a Grade II* Listed building, identified as a key building within the Bridport townscape conservation area.  It has been on English Heritage’s At Risk Register since 2002.

The Project that will result in artists commissions:
The project will save and restore the building, retaining it as a community asset in line with its original aims.  It will help to revitalise the eastern end of the Town Centre and work with other organisations in the vicinity to develop that part of town as an attractive and vibrant cultural area.  

There will be open public access to the most important areas of the building, which will incorporate areas of interpretation, offering people a chance to find out more about the history of the building and its links with the local rope and net industry.  There will be a public programme of talks and events reflecting the building’s artistic, literary and scientific roots and space will be available for a wide range of community uses including formal and informal meetings, workshops and displays. In order to enable the building to operate without public subsidy, areas of the building will be available to small local businesses/enterprises and for education and training. A café will operate on the ground floor, servicing users of the building and the public.

The renovation of the building will create a modern work environment for skills and business development, alongside public, community and civic meeting space. The significance of the LSI building and thee town’s successful net and rope industry will be clearly reflected through interpretative material and interior design, which will demonstrate Bridport’s on-going technological and innovative advances in this sector. 

If you would like to discuss the possible projects in more detail please feel free to contact Crystal Johnson, Activities Coordinator on 07968 577867 or email Crystal@bridportadt.org.uk

 

If you would like to receive details of other opportunities please email your contact details to Crystal Johnson.

Closing date: 
Friday 19th February 2016
Salary/wage: 
varies
How to apply: 

Application in writing by Friday 19 February 2016 to:

 

Crystal Johnson, Activities Coordinator

Bridport Area Development Trust, c/o Mountfield, Rax Lane, Bridport DT6 3JP

 

Or email: Crystal@bridportadt.org.uk

 

If you would like to discuss the possible projects in more detail please feel free to contact Crystal Johnson, Activities Coordinator on 07968 577867 or email Crystal@bridportadt.org.uk

 

If you would like to receive details of other opportunities please email your contact details to Crystal Johnson.

 

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How to apply

Application in writing by Friday 19 February 2016 to:

 

Crystal Johnson, Activities Coordinator

Bridport Area Development Trust, c/o Mountfield, Rax Lane, Bridport DT6 3JP

 

Or email: Crystal@bridportadt.org.uk

 

If you would like to discuss the possible projects in more detail please feel free to contact Crystal Johnson, Activities Coordinator on 07968 577867 or email Crystal@bridportadt.org.uk

 

If you would like to receive details of other opportunities please email your contact details to Crystal Johnson.

 

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