Drawing Inspiration

"Nature is not only all that is visible to the eye...it also includes the inner pictures of the soul."

Over the centuries Dorset’s unique landscape has inspired a wide range of visionaries. From authors to poets, painters and scientists, the South West is rich in cultural heritage. Rather than just describing the physical landscape through the decades, artists have captured the ground-breaking social and political changes that have brought us to the lively Dorset we know today.

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Man of War Rocks, Coast of Dorset (1822) by John Brett

The Drawing Inspiration Project is a celebration of the beautiful sights our county has to offer through the work of some of the artists it influenced. Through a series of walks, talks and events, we have explored, and are continuing to explore, the splendour of Dorset past and present and what makes the area such a national treasure.

Exhibitions at Durlston County Park and many Dorset based museums and art galleries portrayed the vast amount of stunning art works inspired by the county, including works by JMW Turner, Francis Newbury and Charles Rennie Macintosh, while walking trails allowed for participants to embrace the scenery depicted firsthand. Even local schools got involved, as did local artists, creating their own landscape-inspired art to encourage people to look at Dorset's natural scenary from a new perspective.

To round up the first phase of The Drawing Inspiration Project, the Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty has decided to extend the scheme with an exhibition at the Dorset County Hospital. Part of the Arts in Hospital initiative, these stunning reproductions of classic landscape paintings of Dorset are enough to brighten anybody’s day. Although summer is over the walking trails can be enjoyed year-round, and we are also introducing new activities throughout 2015, including a fixed-point photography project in the autumn.

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Drawing Inspiration is led by the Dorset AONB Partnership with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Wild Purbeck Nature Improvement Area, The Fine Family Foundation and Dorset County Council.

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