On these pages you’ll find texts, links, information and tools gathered during our research and development programmes.
This project was a wide partnership lead by the Dorset Design and Heritage Forum and the Dorset Wildlife Trust which explored the role of art and design in stimulating a greater sense of local ownership of Dorset’s built and natural environment; supporting neighbourhood activism to improve public places and spaces for the benefit of all and demonstrating the value of cross-sector collaboration – public, private and civic sectors – for art in public space projects. Artists/architects commissioned included We Made That, Something and Son and Parasite.
- Creativity in community led planning
- Neighbourhood plan pilot commission in Gillingham – We Made That
- Animal architecture for Synergy Housing – Something and Son
- Walking distance legibility trail for Dorchester BID – Parasite
Wide Open Space was the first initiative of the Dorset Design and Heritage Forum, curated by Alex Murdin which aims to develop a programme of strategic public art projects at the forefront of a new rural cultural agenda. Artists involved include Michael Pinsky, London Fieldworks, Anna Best, Simon Pirie and ZMMA architects.
- Sustainability and design quality
- Creative engagement with rural housing
- Traditional materials and innovative design
- Collaborative design and protected landscapes
Information and advice
- Evidence and evaluation for art in public space
- Creative community planning
- Some practical advice on commissioning art in public space
- Rural road design (shared space) – Michael Pinsky
- Intergenerational space – London Fieldworks
- Road for the future – Anna Best & Sustrans
- Commonplaces – Pirie and ZMMA
Reflection on practice is the only way to move forward – as Gilles Deleuze said:
“Practice is a set of relays from one theoretical point to another, and theory is a relay from one practice to another. No theory can develop without eventually encountering a wall, and practice is necessary for piercing this wall.”