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.

The Arts on the Leat initiative is coordinated by the Trust with support from four ‘Artists in Residence’ (see Artists in Residence page on this website) and offers huge opportunities 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.

-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 and link art with a wider context.

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 adds a new dimension to the town and will helps bring the leat to life.

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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