Upcoming arts events


Following on from the successful exhibitions in 2016, 2017, 2018 & 2019 (see films on webpages), Dulverton Weir & Leat Conservation Trust will stage the Dulverton Kinetic Sculpture Exhibition again in 2021. Work will be exhibited on ‘pitches’ set in Dulverton’s historic mill leat from 1st July to 31st July.

Like everybody else, we were very disappointed when the 2020 Kinetic Exhibition had to be cancelled. In these uncertain times the opportunities for artists to exhibit their work are limited and the open-air location of our exhibition gives one of the best chances of artists being able to show their work in a COVID compliant environment.    

The exhibition offers artists a challenge in terms of design and manufacture but also offers them considerable public exposure and a great opportunity for artists to engage with the public viewer. This year’s event promises to be especially interesting because the Trust is participating in the Oxford University research project: THE RIPPLE EFFECT: NOTICING RIVERS PAST AND PRESENT which will take place at the same time as the Kinetic Exhibition in collaboration with Oxford University School of Archaeology’s Artist-in-Residence Miranda Creswell. This interdisciplinary project will bring small bursts of unexpected culture and knowledge directly to people at specific sites in the landscape both on location and through online engagement.

This public engagement project is connected to the Archaeology School’s Leverhulme Trust-funded research project: EBB & FLOW – EXPLORING RIVERS IN LATER PREHISTORIC BRITAIN. 

THE RIPPLE EFFECT will take archaeological places near rivers and turn them into Outdoor Culture Hubs. It will create a series of artworks, learning materials and short films all accessible online, to reach people both indoors and out, to enhance their experience of Riverine Landscapes and expand their sense of time and depth.

The exhibition usually opens with a formal opening ceremony with members of the media being present.

Transforming Movement Opening

Sculptures are placed in the mill leat which on average is 9 inches deep, 2 metres wide and flows at approximately 4 miles per hour.

Fed from a huge weir to the north, the mill leat passes right through the town presenting some 500 metres of flowing water with many vantage points for members of the public to view the kinetic sculptures.

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

For more information (or an informal discussion on ideas you may have) on the 2021 exhibition contact – Philip Hull at philip.hull@dulvertonweir.org.uk, 01398 323526.

For more information on the Oxford University project click here: https://ebbandflow.web.ox.ac.uk




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