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Artist promises unCommonly entertaining look at Powerstock

ARTIST Judith Dean is to give a free talk at Powerstock Hut about her work on the fabulous Powerstock Common.

Ms Dean is involved with the Road for the Future project, which has been set up to look at ideas about the countryside, transport and access.

As Powerstock Hut is not itself the most easily accessible place in the world, especially on a Sunday afternoon, a free minibus will run from Bridport to Powerstock (and back again).

Passengers are promised “a special intervention” by Ms Dean to entertain them during the journey.

The minibus will leave the Nationwide bus stop, West Street, Bridport at 4.00pm sharp on Sunday, November 27, and the return trip will arrive back in Bridport by 7.45pm. Seats are bookable on a first come, first served basis.  Anyone interested is advised to book early with project manager Jo Morland on 01305 860461 or via

According to Ms Morland: “Judith responds to different contexts using a wide range of media, including sculpture, installation, video and performance. She’s particularly interested in ideas of territory and claiming, and is often concerned with questions of behaviour, including her own. Judith will be showing images of recent projects and discussing their relevance to her work for Powerstock Common.”

Road for the Future is a year-long project offering artists’ residencies and commissions and educational workshops on the disused railway line between Maiden Newton and Bridport.

Sustrans is working to develop the route as a multi-use Trailway.

Powerstock Common nature reserve, long-leased by Dorset Wildlife Trust, is at the centre of the Trailway and is the focus for these collaborations between artists, educators, architects, makers and the community.

Road for the Future continues until May 2012.  Its first event was a residency by the Energy Café on Powerstock Common in April 2011, offering lunches using foraged and local produced ingredients.

The Energy Cafe can be seen in the video above by John Holman of Transition Vision TV, the online TV service for Dorset, Somerset and Wiltshire.

New artworks made in response to different aspects of Powerstock Common will be shown to the public during April or May 2012.

Project partners are Dorset Wildlife Trust, Sustrans, the Architectural Association at Hooke Park, PVA MediaLab and Treewise Co-op.

Road for the Future is funded by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, West Dorset District Council, Artsway Associates and The Dorset Design and Heritage Forum.

For further information contact Anna Best, 07810 374745,