Nature of Art In Wessex was a project managed by Ageas Salisbury International Arts Festival between 2009 and 2012. Funding was awarded by Natural England & BIG Lottery to increase access to nature through the arts. The project worked with hard to reach groups in Salisbury, Southampton, Isle Of Wight, Portsmouth, Andover & Swindon. We engaged more than 10,000 people of all abilities aged 18 months to 80+ in arts and nature activites, training opportunities and festival events.
Participants included care home residents, pre-school groups, a homeless shelter, a women’s refuge, disability groups, special needs schools, youth groups and dozens of volunteers who helped make the project such a success.
Nature of Art activities included creating permanent mosaic stepping stones for an Andover park; communities designing a wooden carving trail in Portsmouth; art installations at special sites including One Horse Field, Isle of Wight; arts training sessions for volunteers; free family events including Playday: Go Wild in the 2012 Festival and a conference for teachers and community workers exploring using arts in nature.
We created a fabulous Resource Booklet which tells you more about the project and is full of simple and exciting ideas for using the arts with all ages and abilities to explore the nature on your doorstep. You can either download a copy here as a pdf or contact the Festival to get your free copies.