Exploratory Laboratory

Exploratory Laboratory (Ex Lab) is a visual arts and science project responding to England’s first natural World Heritage site, the 95 mile section of stunning Dorset and East Devon coastline known as the Jurassic Coast. Whilst the public explores the wonders that this coastline has to offer, scientists are busy gathering data to help understand its formation and inform its future management. Ex Lab will bring these earth scientists together with artists to investigate our understanding of this special coastal environment.

The project kicked of in autumn 2010 with an exhibition and seminar hosted by Bridport Arts Centre. For further details of phase 1 and to download the Ex Lab Phase 1 Handbook visit The Big Picture website.

For the second phase of Ex Lab, artists Simon Callery, Mat Chivers, Zachary Eastwood-Bloom, Simon Ryder and creative studio Proboscis were commissioned to collaborate with scientists on the creation of a series of temporary site responsive artworks to be presented at various locations across Dorset.

SHA is hosting one of the Ex Lab commissions Inland Sealand. For Inland Sealand artist Simon Callery will be exploring a journey between Sherborne and the sea to create work in response to Dorset’s inland geology.

For more on the Ex Lab project please visit:

Follow the Ex Lab blog: exlabproject.wordpress.com
Twitter: twitter.com/Exlab2012
Facebook: facebook.com/pages/Ex-Lab-art-meets-science-on-the-coast/226476934092463

Ex Lab is funded by Arts Council England, National Trust, Dorset County Council, West Dorset District Council and additionally supported by Bournemouth University, Exeter University, Aberystwyth University, Creative Coast 2012 and the Jurassic Coast Team.

The Big PictureEx Lab is presented by Big Picture – a collaboration of visual arts organisations and professionals in Dorset working with Dorset County Council to sustain and develop vibrant visual arts in the county. The members of Big Picture are Artsreach, b-side, Bridport Arts Centre, Dorset Visual Arts, PVA MediaLab, Sherborne House Arts and Walford Mill Crafts.

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About Sherborne House Arts

Sherborne House Arts (SHA) is the management committee responsible for developing and curating the visual arts programme at Sherborne House in Dorset. With an overarching aim of making contemporary visual art more accessible to a diverse audience, SHA develops and presents exhibitions and projects that reflect current visual art practice, encourage dialogue and develop opportunities for the creation of new work. SHA creates a platform for engaging with current visual arts and media practice in and outside the region. Whilst preparing for an eventual return to curating the programme at Sherborne House SHA is continuing to explore ways in which visual art can be shown in non gallery spaces. Our current projects have a Cultural Olympiad focus and involve artist commissions presented through the b-side festival and the Exploratory Laboratory project. To read more, visit our current projects page. SHA is actively seeking partnerships with host organisations and will investigate new ways of curating and presenting the visual arts, and providing the support and environments within which visual arts practice can flourish.