I am participating in a project that is being run by Dorset Visual Arts (DVA). This is the organisation that organises the very successful biennial Dorset Arts Weeks- open studios and exhibitions across Dorset. Their website gives information about their activities. DVA is looking at ways of supporting artists including facilitating collaboration and development. Currently this takes the form of working groups of artists in 3 areas; Interrogating the Landscape, Interrogating the Figure and Interrogating Materials. My landscape group had its first meeting last week where I met someone who shares my passion for trees and woodland. since the meeting we have already been for a walk in the woodland above Lyme Regis. It was a very enjoyable afternoon (after a nice lunch), walking and talking and taking in the woodland. Walking with someone who shares an interest and who brings their own perspective and experience was very enriching. The intention is that the Interrogating groups exhibit the fruits of our interrogations, not in finished work but whatever arises- sketchbooks, photos…it could be anything. it will be intriguing and inspiring to see what emerges.
The image at the top is a sketch I made at Coneys Castle -a hill fort managed by the National Trust when I started my personal Interrogations informally in November 2014 .