Exciting opportunity for an artist to innovatively connect two World Heritage Sites (WHS).
The Fine Family Foundation would like to commission an artist to come up with an innovative concept which somehow connects the peoples from two different natural World Heritage Sites. i.e. to enable some sort of interaction between the two communities.
Promotion and interpretation is limited only by our imagination, and we want creative ideas about how to connect the communities from these two sites.
The concept, the artist comes up will need to be feasible and depending on future funding, will be implemented.
The funder is looking at a semi-permanent piece, so one *‘installation’ would be on Dorset’s Jurassic Coast at Durlston Country Park and we would like this to connect to the other ‘installation’ which will be sited on another WHS which is also coastal and a designated Natural World Heritage site.
We have been considering the natural designated World Heritage Site of the Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland; however we are open to other suggestions.
Please refer to the appendices as the Durlston site is important, and we would like to see a connection / updated / in keeping with what George Burt developed at Durlston. *‘Installation’ in the loosest sense of the word. The appointed artist must demonstrate
An ability to creatively engage individuals and groups in local consultation both in the UK and the other WHS, and to be able to convey their aspirations and ideas to stakeholders, and incorporate the findings into an imaginative and fun solution
Be able to collaborate with a range of professionals working in other disciplines
Be sensitive to the ecology of the area and aware of environmental issues
Have proven experience of being able to produce commissioning plans, and deliver them to set deadlines
The ability to think highly creatively and innovatively about how to connect these two communities in different countries
You will need to consider the context of the Durlston site which is on the Jurassic Coast - a naturally designated World Heritage Site; it also sits on the South West Coast Path and whatever is implemented needs to continue George Burt’s eccentric vision of Durlston (from his time of ownership in the Victorian times), but to make it relevant to modern day. We also need to see what the relation is between this site and the other WHS.
The appendixes explain more about these contexts.
APPENDICES World Heritage Sites UNESCO is the body that awards the World Heritage Site status and all of these sites have ‘Outstanding Universal Value’. I.e. they are of outstanding value and belong to everyone worldwide. The status of all WHS’s promotes peace, security and cultural understanding. In today’s climate this is an important point to focus upon. How can we promote and encourage peace and universal understanding between differing communities. For more information, please go to: http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/ Introduction to England’s only natural World Heritage Site The coast of Dorset and East Devon stretching from Studland to Exmouth was designated a World Heritage Site in December 2001. It is the only natural World Cleo Evans, The Arts Development Company 7 Heritage Site in England, and is one of only 166 world-wide. It is designated for its geological importance; the 95 miles of coast exposes a near continuous sequence of 185 millions years of the earth’s geological history in its cliffs and the outstanding fossils found within them. This means that a walk along the Jurassic Coast, through the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous eras, is a ‘walk through time’. Durlston Country Park site sits on the South West Coast Path. It could be that whatever is conceived and created could be installed near to or on the path. The South West Coast Path is a major walking destination - a 630 mile National Trail stretching from Minehead in Somerset to Studland in Dorset. Wherever you choose to visit along the Dorset coast, you can stroll along the frontier between land and sea courtesy of the Coast Path, where dramatic landscapes and seascapes are revealed with every twist and turn of the route. The path has lots of stories to tell: the ‘walk through time’, an exceptional record of the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods of the Earth’s history is preserved beneath every footstep; classic landforms straight out of geography textbooks, such as the Black Ven landslide complex, Chesil Beach, Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove; stories of farming, both ancient and modern, of smuggling, quarrying, fishing and of war and fortification; and wildlife that is as rich, varied and specialised as anywhere in Britain. The path links together coastal hamlets, villages and towns and simply gives people the opportunity to explore all that is special about the Dorset coast. For further information on the South West Coast Path please visit www.southwestcoastpath.com Durlston Country Park Durlston Country Park is a major Gateway to the Jurassic Coast with wonderful access to the flora and fauna of the eastern side of this Natural World Heritage Site and National Nature Reserve. At its heart is Durlston Castle, an engaging and idiosyncratic building of the late nineteenth century which is now a well- Cleo Evans, The Arts Development Company 8 loved interpretation and visitor centre. Durlston Castle won the National Lottery Award for best heritage project in 2012. http://www.durlston.co.uk/ which includes The Fine Foundation purpose built Gallery, overlooking the sea. Durlston Country Park comprises over 280 acres of seacliffs and coastal grassland, which are managed for wildlife conservation and public enjoyment. Currently, up to 250,000 visitors a year are attracted by the ‘awe and wonder’ of Durlston. The international importance of Durlston's geology and 10,000 species of wildlife is widely recognised. A flourishing Friends of Durlston group provides substantial voluntary support and there is a close working partnership with the National Trust. The Country Park includes a Learning Centre that is home to an education / activity room, a Nature Nursery and offices. Opportunities for learning are undertaken through one to one contact with Rangers and volunteers; selfguided trails, guided walks and boat trips, events, arts workshops and sessions for educational groups. Durlston also has an artist studio, associated accommodation and activity room.
Artist submission info: Please include with your application:
a) A statement of interest that includes an outline of your approach and experience (if any) of working in an international context
b) Initial thoughts on inspirations, material opportunities, broad outline concepts
c) How you envisage working and any avenues and approach you would like to explore.
d) A CV, including details of relevant / similar projects.
Please also send contact details for at least two referees who know your work and working methods;
Applications need to be submitted by email in a PDF format with a selection of up to 8 images of examples of your work. Please make sure that the images are embedded into your application and include a website address, if you have one.
Submit applications to Cleo Evans, The Arts Development Company, Little Keep, Barracks Road, Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 1SQ
Or preferably by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
All submissions need to be received by: 9am May 4th 2016
Timescale and process of whole project once the artists have been shortlisted (There are three parts to this process):
1. Broad Stage – short listed artists Following the application process up to 4 artists will be shortlisted by a selection panel consisting of representatives of The Fine Family Foundation, The Arts Development Company, Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), The Jurassic Coast World Heritage Team and a Durlston Country Park Ranger. The short listed artists will be paid £600 each to work up and present a broad stage outline. The fee will include a site visit on Thursday 12th May 2016 at 2pm where the Project team will present the important environmental and geological context of the site- set within the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site, Dorset AONB and Durlston National Nature Reserve.
Therefore the short-listed artists will be required to
Meet the Jurassic Coast and AONB Team members, Rangers and other stakeholders at the Durlston site, so that they get a better idea of why this area is so special.
Liaise with the other partners which include representatives from the Durlston Ranger team. The Fine Family Foundation, The Arts Development Company, Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site Team and Dorset AONB to ensure that their concepts will work in this sensitive landscape.
To take on board that the area is highly sensitive and so the proposed artwork needs to fit aesthetically within that environment. A lot of the land is designated SSSI and NNR, so the final commission will have to minimise any disruption.
The Arts Development Company will support this and help with liaisons with Natural England and to help provide solutions as to how to navigate this sensitive land.
The Broad Stage presentation will take place on Thursday 26th May 2016 and the shortlisted artists will need to outline:
a) Further developed ideas on inspirations, opportunities they have considered and why including their approach to the next part of the project
b) A further worked up idea of at least one concept of what they would like to do, how and on which other World Heritage Site, and why this site.
c) The proposal needs to include an outline budget with approx costs for;
Artist fees for time spent making the work, including time to develop the relationships with partners in the UK and the other WHS.
Technical costs of equipment to make and present the work
Accommodation, travel and expenses for developing the idea – ie site visits.
This is very much back of the envelope costs but we need an indication of your daily rate and estimated number of days Dependent on partnership funding and budgets, one of the 4 shortlisted artists will be selected to progress their idea to Concept Design stage:
2. Concept Design The successful candidate will be paid a fee to fully work up the broad outline into a fully costed concept design, and to have completed liaisons with partners from both WHS, so that that the project can be implemented. The fees will be agreed with the appointed artists. There may be support from The Arts Development Company and the other stakeholders to help with these liaisons.
3. Implementation This is dependent upon the outcomes of phase two. Funding could need to be sought depending on the resulting design and its related costs. Dates that applicants need to be free Site visits for the 4 short-listed artists will take place at Durlston on the 12th May 2016 from 2pm Interviews and presentations from the artists will be held in Dorchester on the 26th May 2016 The four artists will be asked to present their Broad outline concepts. The final decision will be made on the strength of those submissions.
Artists must be able to attend all dates.