Drawing Inspiration

Over the centuries, the Dorset landscape has inspired artists, writers and scientists to produce outstanding work.

The Drawing Inspiration project takes a closer look at landscape-inspired art to encourage people to look at the landscape from a new perspective. These are fantastic works of art but they also tell us about the cultural, physical and social changes that have shaped how we live today.

Working with partners across Dorset, the project aimed to showcase these great art works from the past. Project Coordinator Crystal Johnson explains, "We have had a fantastic range of different events, including walks, talks, and workshops. We wanted people to be able to immerse themselves in the beauty of the Dorset landscape and experience first-hand the places where artists have truly, drawn inspiration."

Although the programme of events ran during April and early May 2014, some of the small exhibitions will remain in museums - see events section for details.

You can also experience the landscape that these artists were so inspired by first hand - try out some of the local trails and see the views in these artworks as it is today.

 HLF-high-impact 232Drawing Inspiration is led by the Dorset AONB Partnership with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Wild Purbeck Nature Improvement Area and Dorset County Council.