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Jurassic Journey project celebrates Jurassic Coast

  • Date: 17 February 2011
  • Area: South West
Jurassic Journey performers

Jurassic Journey. Credit: Kevin Clifford

Photography, poetry, sculpture, sound and music all feature in a new audio-visual celebration of the Jurassic Coast. Jurassic Journey, which tours Devon and Dorset during February, March and April, showcases Ben Osborne's extraordinary photography and film footage of Dorset and East Devon's world heritage site. It is the culmination of a two-year collaborative project specially commissioned by rural touring schemes Artsreach, in Dorset, and Villages In Action, in Devon.

Ben Osborne is a specialised wildlife and landscape photographer and has worked on many BBC natural history programmes as a stills photographer, such as Life in the Freezer, Blue Planet and Planet Earth, alongside Sir David Attenborough.

In developing his show, Ben has been working alongside three associate artists whose work will features in the touring performance. Dorset's Sammy Hurden has composed and recorded music with a group of musicians, and made site-specific sound recordings. Devon based Matt Harvey, 2010's poet-in-residence at Wimbledon and featuring regularly on Radio 4, has written poetry for the project inspired by the Coast, and local artist and sculptor Lal Hitchcock has created two engaging characters using flotsam and jetsam found along the coast.

As part of the project Ben, Sammy and Lal led participatory workshops during the summer and autumn of 2010, which proved both challenging and popular, and included some interesting collaborations between the workshop groups.

An Arts Council England Grants for the arts award funded the work of the collaborating artists, the Fine Foundation supported the development of Ben's work, and a number of local organisations have worked on the project, notably Creative Coast (the Jurassic Coast arts team), Dorset and East Devon AONB partnerships, and East Devon and West Dorset District Councils.

Tour dates and information about the project are available, along with photography from workshop participants. Booking information is on the Artsreach and Villages in Action websites.