Open call


Dorset Art Weeks (DAW) is organ­is­ing a new exhi­bi­tion as part of this year’s event in the stun­ning clifftop set­ting of the Fine Foun­da­tion Gallery.

Dorset Art Weeks (DAW) is organising a new exhibition as part of this year’s event in the stunning clifftop setting of the Fine Foundation Gallery at Durlston Country Park National Nature Reserve from 25 May – 9 June.

Artists are invited to submit 6 - 8 pieces of work for consideration with a location or research-specific focus that encapsulates notions of wellbeing, repair, rewilding as well as access to nature.

A variety and range of art forms and approaches are welcome, with artists responding to their local environment and thinking about the ‘nature’ of ecology and how we see and experience it. As well as responding to specific or particular aspects of ‘nature’, work could even include more lateral elements, such as responses to weathering, rockforms or evidence of climate events, and how these interact with and shape wildlife and natural processes.

As Dorset Visual Arts and Dorset Council declares a Climate and Ecological Emergency, this exhibition seeks to raise awareness of the inspiring elements and wonder which make the county so unique, and why we should cherish, value and celebrate it. What survives and thrives? What clings on or could disappear if we don’t act? Where do we find ourselves now? Can a deeper relationship to nature help with a sense of ‘placing’ or grounding for ourselves or a sense of belonging or community?

This opportunity is suitable for artists who are living and/or working professionally in Dorset and we welcome applications from emerging and establishing artists.

Selected artists will be required to help invigilate and do one sitting per week, opening hours are 10am - 4pm Agreement to this is a condition of selection. Free overnight accommodation is available at Durlston to support this.

The deadline to apply is by Weds 21 February 2024.