New Jurassic Coast arts coordinator appointed

PUBLISHED: 10:58 31 July 2008 | UPDATED: 09:24 10 June 2010

WORK to explore the rich artistic possibilities of East Devon s World Heritage Site has been given a major boost with the appointment of a Jurassic Coast arts co-ordinator.

WORK to explore the rich artistic possibilities of East Devon's World Heritage Site has been given a major boost with the appointment of a Jurassic Coast arts co-ordinator.

Daisy Sutcliffe will help bring together artists, earth scientists and communities along the historic coastline as part of the ground-breaking Jurassic Coast arts programme.

The scheme aims to support and develop a range of exciting arts projects, events, festivals, exhibitions, artist residencies and exchanges, all inspired by the stunning coastline and its unique rocks which record 185 million years of earth history.

As arts co-ordinator, Daisy will build on work that has taken place since the publication of the Jurassic Coast Arts Strategy - the first document of its kind for a Natural World Heritage Site.

Formerly Head of Participation and Learning at London's Hackney Empire, she is no stranger to the area - her grandmother was the portrait photographer Helen Muspratt who lived and worked in Swanage from the 1920s - and Daisy has maintained her local links. She said:

"I'm thrilled that I have been given the opportunity to work on such an exciting and forward-thinking project. I have been coming to the coast to visit my family several times a year all my life, and have always wanted to be able to get more closely involved in the community."

The appointment is for three years initially and has been generously supported by Arts Council England, South West; Devon County Council, Dorset County Council, Purbeck District Council and West Dorset District Council.

Nick Capaldi, Executive Director for Arts Council England, South West, said:

"We are delighted to support this ground-breaking programme. The Jurassic Coast is an inspirational setting and where the eyes of the world will be upon us during the 2012 Olympics. The work will provide the opportunity to bring the very best arts from the south west and beyond to reach out and inspire residents and visitors."

The programme aims to encourage and support arts work along the Jurassic Coast that is relevant to the site, rooted in the community and of international significance. It will enable individuals, groups and organisations to develop new arts projects, or to adapt existing projects and programmes so that they are genuinely linked to the World Heritage Site.

Daisy is launching a 'How To Get Involved' guide and, to help guide the process, it will focus on six themes:

• arts and earth science

• carnival

• celebration of stone

• Jurassic Coast Fellowship

• sounds of the coast

• site specific work.

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