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A brand new Inspiring Landscape exhibition can be seen at Durlston Castle near Swanage until 10th August, featuring the inspired work of local photographer Tony Gill.

Bridport Autumn Pastels Tony GillThe Dorset AONB Team were delighted to be invited to develop the exhibition to show off the outstanding landscapes of the AONB in pictures and words. Sue Dampney, Dorset AONB Communications Officer explained "Tony Gill is a very talented local photographer and has kindly gifted us his images for use in our publications and postcards for many years. This exhibition has been a great opportunity to showcase his talent at showing off our landscapes in such an outstanding way"

Dawn at Colmers Hill Tony Gill"However, landscapes are as much about people as they are great views, so we wanted the exhibition to look at how the landscape inspires the people who live and work here.

We asked the question 'What does the landscape inspire you to get up and do?' to eight very different local people and you can see their very different answers in words and images in the exhibition!"

Inspired to sing: Artsreach organised this event and is one of several arts organisations in the county who love to embrace the outdoors.

Inspired to make the outdoors a classroom: If you are a teacher, Dorset has a wealth of arts organisations and artists who can help you. There are also good teaching resources available through the South Dorset Ridgeway Landscape Partnership, Jurassic Coast and many of our environmental partners.

Inspired to Discover: The South Dorset Ridgeway has many opportunities for you to research and discover more about its heritage

Jack and his team have helped create a booklet suggesting ways to make history engaging. It includes a step-by-step guide to activities such as geocaching and offers advice on how to create a successful heritage project.

We would be very interested to hear YOUR answer to that question too ... visit the exhibition and fill in our survey to tell us what the landscape inspires you to do. As a 'thank you' we will enter you into a free draw for a special hamper of chocolate, kindly donated by Swanange based Dorset Food & Drink member Chococo!

The exhibition is at Durlston Castle near Swanage until 10th August click here for more information about visiting Durlston Castle.


For anyone who visited the Inspiring Landscape exhibition at Durlston Country Park recently, may have seen the postbox we put out to collect your favorite places in Dorset and what it inspires you to do. 

Lucky winner Karen Bluff said "My favorite place in Dorset is Swanage Bay and it really inspires me to walk and discover the hills that surround it".

We hope she enjoys her hamper that Chococo kindly donated to us for this comptetion.

Thank you all who came to the exhibition and we really hope you enjoyed your time taking in the gorgeous views of Durlston Country Park.

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