"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.
The Drawing Inspiration Project , now concluded, was 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 explored 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. Local schools and local artists got involved, creating their own landscape-inspired art to encourage people to look at Dorset's natural scenery from a new perspective.
The project organised an exhibition at the Dorset County Hospital as part of the Arts in Hospital initiative, displaying stunning reproductions of classic landscape paintings of Dorset.
Drawing Inspiration was 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.