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Community gather in Drewsteignton for Dartmoor Arts Project Summer School

PUBLISHED: 01:17 18 May 2011 | UPDATED: 19:24 20 February 2013

Community gather in  Drewsteignton for Dartmoor Arts Project Summer School

Community gather in Drewsteignton for Dartmoor Arts Project Summer School

Every year a vibrant community of artists, architects and makers gather in the Dartmoor village of Drewsteignton for the Dartmoor Arts Project Summer School

Community gather in Drewsteignton for Dartmoor Arts Project Summer School


This year, over 100 artists and makers take part in an inspirational week of practical workshops, artists talks and lively debate. The summer school offers the opportunity to be taught by some of the best artists practising in the UK today many of whom live and work in the South West. The 13 courses available are an innovative mix of the traditional and contemporary, with everything from stone carving to iron casting, painting in the landscape to spatial structures, digital photography to documentary film-making.


Students and tutors all stay in the village, and practical workshops take place during the day at various sites within a short distance of the centre the breathtaking surroundings being a source of inspiration for much of the work made during the week. Each evening everyone gets together in the Drewe Arms, the local pub, to enjoy a meal followed by the programme of events which includeguest lectures, screenings, music and performance. As the week progresses, the village is transformed into a hub of creative activity as projects evolve and come to fruition, and a fantastic atmosphere develops with lots of lively discussion and exchange of ideas between artists of all ages.

As well as offering many of our established courses again this year, we are very excited to be working with South-west based artists Susan Derges and Sian Bonnell who are teaching a new course The Camera as Site of the Imagination. Susan is an internationally recognised artist and is famous for her camera-less photographic processes, particularly her photograms of water. Sian exhibits widely, and is well-known for her staged photographs of domestic objects shot in landscape settings. Working over three days, the pair will teach participants how to make images with digital pinhole cameras and direct contact prints.


Renowned printmaker Kip Gresham will also be teaching. One of the most influential and experienced printmakers working in the UK, Kip has worked with major artists such as Elisabeth Frink, Peter Blake, Eduardo Paolozzi, Terry Frost and John Hoyland.


How about learning the art of storytelling with legendary artist, poet and comic Stephen Park, and Wilf Merttens, Young Storyteller of the year 2009?"The dynamic duo will be inviting students to delve into the ancient art of storytelling, and the course culminates in a public performance of students stories.


Earth Arts is being taught by talented young ceramicist Rupert Johnstone and pioneering cob artists Jackie Abey and Jill Smallcombe who have completed many major commissions together including pieces for the Eden Project, National Trust and the Met Office.


Photographer Chris Chapman will again be taking digital photography students out on to Dartmoor a unique chance to learn from Chris who has been photographing Dartmoor since 1975.

Dartmoor Arts Project leads the way in contemporary practices, and the innovative Spatial Structures course, aimed at young architects and designers, will be led by award-winning architect Piers Taylor. Other tutors include Peter Randall-Page, Simon Thomas, Reece Ingram, Daniel Holmes Adams, Atul Vohora, Stephen Park and Wilf Merttens, Andy Griffiths, Hugh Hartford, Anson Hartford, Chris Jones and Nathaniel Lane.


Dartmoor Arts Project Summer School
24-30 July
For more information about courses, tutors and applying for a bursary, e-mail admin@dartmoorarts.com, call 01647 281295 or see dartmoorarts.com. Some Summer School evening events are open to the public. They take place in the Drewe Arms, Drewsteignton, and cost 5 on the door. No need to book.

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