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Common Ground

Bothy Gallery and Garden Gallery
5 May–2 Sep 2018

The radical and vital work of Common Ground – the Dorset-based arts and environmental charity – is presented through archive material in the Garden Gallery as part of a continued collaboration. 

Founded in 1983 by Sue Clifford, Angela King and the writer Roger Deakin, Common Ground work with artists to seek imaginative ways to engage people with their local environment. The idea of ‘local distinctiveness’ is at the heart of everything they do, and for the last 30 years they have captured the imagination of people all over the country by creating projects like Apple DayParish Maps and New Milestones, all of which continue to inspire new projects and unearth the strong connections that communities have with the landscape that surrounds them. 

The Bothy Gallery exhibition shares the outcomes and documentation of eight new commissions developed by Common Ground, with funding from the Woodland Trust, by artists including Assemble, Christine Mackey and Alec Finlay. Supernature (2018) by South-African artist James Webb, is a new commission and features an audio reading of the Bretton Estate by various specialists including a detective and psychic. The exhibition also offers visitors the chance to see Arcadia, a new film about our changing relationship with the land, crafted from footage in the British Film Institute National Archive.


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