About Dartmoor Arts Project
Dartmoor Art Project is an artist-led organisation founded in 2006. We host a busy summer school week as well as a year round programme of events and artists' talks, bringing excellent speakers to a rural part of the south west. We have set up a place where artists can come and learn new skills, further their ideas and join in lively critical debate.
"In an age of overpopulated and under-funded art schools, the students' experience of Dartmoor Arts, by contrast, was one of abundant individual tuition, ample resources and a high level of productivity. (It is all too easy to underestimate the significance of the whole project. It's influence is felt around the country as students and tutors disperse and spread the idea that a pop-up art school is a powerful concept, a creative community.) -The combination of an intense period of personal creativity, listening to inspirational talks and watching others make / do was both exciting at the time and provided many stimuli for the future. The business of eating together and socialising is as important as anything else. It provides a natural and unthreatening forum for discussion, a chance to hear and be heard."
Kip Gresham, Printmaking Tutor, August 2013
2014 Summer School dates 27 July to 2 August
Dartmoor Arts Summer School takes place in Drewsteignton, just a few miles outside Exeter. Every July over 100 artists, educators, architects, designers and makers join us for an in-depth week of creative practice.
Dartmoor Arts Summer School offers a wide range of courses taught by leading professional artists from the south west, the UK and around the world. We also present a rich and varied programme of talks by contemporary artists, curators and writers as well as music, performance and film screenings.
Our brilliant 2013 summer school included a fantatstic performance by Paul Granjon and his side kick MOFO the robot. Also part of our programme was a talk by Karolina Glusiec, winner of the 2012 Jerwod Jerwood Prize. Karolina showed some of her beautiful and moving animations & short films. Andrzej Jackowski presented some of his paintings spanning his impressive career and the wonderful Tim Britton from Forkbeard Fantasy wowed the audience with live narration of his animations and an on the spot pixilation experiment. 2014 will be equally exciting with a fantastic evening programme planned.
During the week young, emerging and established artists have the space in which to explore their practice and realise the possibilities of their work in an dynamic, creative and supportive environment. The week is also about continual professional development, a space dedicated completely to making your own work. It is also about the opening up of opportunities for younger artists - many who have gone on to do amazing projects and exhibitions, inspired by the week, by our tutors, the artists they have met and the contacts they have made. Artist/educators take new skills away with them which they then share with their own students.
Students and tutors all stay in the village and practical workshops take place during the day at different venues around Drewsteignton. Each evening everyone descends upon the local pub to eat a delicious meal followed by the lively programme of events.
What makes our summer school unique is its relaxed, intimate scale where students have a chance to talk with leading artists, thinkers and writers on a one-to-one basis about their thoughts and ideas. The atmosphere is brilliant as artists work hard on their projects culminating in a productive end of week 'crit' and a tour of the other venues to see the work made by other students.
What's included in the cost?
- Basic materials
- Evening performances and lectures
- Evening meals
- Evening performances and speakers
The 2010 Dartmoor Arts video
Dartmoor Arts supports young and emerging artists and those with limited finances. A limited number of bursaries are available for 2014.
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