Arts on the Leat

Dulverton’s historic leat (mill stream) is recognised as being medieval. Fed from a huge weir just to the north of the town, the leat passes right through Dulverton presenting many vantage points for members of the public to view it and any artworks placed in it.

Dulverton is an excellent venue for arts exhibitions being a vibrant market town in Exmoor National Park, a favourite destination for large numbers of visitors and a local centre for shopping. There are good restaurants, pubs, B&Bs, hostel and hotel facilities as well as a large touring caravan site set within the town.

DWLCT’s arts exhibitions are co ordinated by Sandy Schott, the Director of the trust’s ‘Arts on the Leat’ initiative.

Sandy SchottSandy studied Fine Arts in Leeds, Reading and Exeter Universities, initially she pursued her intended career as a sculptor, working primarily in metals, becoming an accomplished welder and blacksmith.

Art education became her passion, leaving time for her to continue with her own creative work during the holidays. During her teaching career Sandy has worked with all age groups in many different educational environments from Primary and Prep schools, a ‘democratic’ school, adult education, a top Public School as well as leading huge creative workshops in arts festivals, where she provided creative experiences for hundreds of people at each event.

Since coming to live on Exmoor, Sandy has set up her own studio/workshop at home and in the last two years has organised the Simonsbath Festival Arts Exhibitions.

Sandy is very excited by the weir & leat project, recognising the huge opportunities it offers both in

– educational terms;

“There are so many projects that schools could pursue, covering a broad spectrum of the curriculum, from Design Technology to Maths, History to Physics!”

“The involvement of the local primary school will offer the children many educational opportunities as well as the chance to see artists working at first hand and to hear about their creations.”

-and artistic terms;

“The power and the potential energy of moving water offer a wide range of opportunities to artists who want to exploit movement in their art. The chance to link art with a wider context is clear in the weir & leat project.”

“The cultural history of the leat and the mills of Dulverton, the geography of the area, the social context, all offer huge potential for multi disciplined creative work. To have artists creating site specific pieces for the leat will add a new dimension to the town and will help to bring the leat to life.”

“There are so many opportunities here. The only limits are our imaginations!”

To contact Sandy Schott email sandy.f.schott@gmail.com.

For an informal discussion, or more technical information on venues and sites contact Philip Hull email philip.hull@dulvertonweir.org.uk, Tel 01398 323526.

 

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