Landmarks was a multi-faceted arts, education and environment project devised and managed by SAW Ltd that was designed to provide opportunities for visual artists to “work with environmental agencies across Somerset” in order to “reconnect rural and urban communities to the land through the arts.”

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Landmarks ran for about 18 months and comprised five residency projects all over Somerset, an “apprenticeship” scheme for a young sculptor and several training and development sessions for Somerset artists. Three of the residencies were developed as bursaries from proposals made by Somerset artists, and the other two were “showcase” residencies that were devised by SAW Ltd in collaboration with their partners.

Landmarks was supported by Arts Council South West (through the Regional Arts Lottery Programme), the National Trust (NT), Exmoor National Park Authority (ENPA), English Nature (EN), the Somerset Levels and Moors Partnership (LAMP), the Blackdown Hills Partnership (BDHP), Somerset County Council and the five Somerset District or Borough Councils of Mendip, Sedgemoor, South Somerset, Taunton Deane and West Somerset (through Artlife).

The list of sponsors and supporters alone illustrates the size and complexity of the Landmarks Project. In addition, Landmarks has, to date:
– Employed 5 lead artists to work alongside young people, artists and other local people in Somerset to help them engage more closely with their environment through the arts.
– Employed 1 young sculptor to develop his work and practice as an assistant to a master sculptor.
– Involved around 35 other artists in the Landmarks project as participants, co-workers or trainees.
– Involved around 125 young people and/or their families in participatory workshops.
– Worked with about 20 staff members of the various partner organisations.
– Made direct contact with around 610 local people as participants in talks, walks, demonstrations or other events.
– Promoted itself through exhibitions and festivals to potentially over 6,000 people.
– Involved about 90 Somerset artists in training and development seminars. The five artists employed by the Landmarks residency projects have also had an opportunity to create a new body of work and to develop working relationships with many of the “custodians” of the Somerset landscape. All the artists were also asked to contribute to the promotion of the Landmarks project by:
– Producing material for a web showcase
– Producing material for an exhibition at the Brewhouse in Taunton and for a subsequent display at Farmers Markets in Somerset.
– Attending a seminar about the Landmarks Project at the Brewhouse.

The five artists were Anne- Marie Culhane, Gordon Field, Jenny Graham collaboration with Ralph Hoyte, Julie Lyons, and Susie Needham, plus artist assistant Paul Fry.

Project Artists:

  • Julie Lyons
  • Gordon Field
  • Jenny Graham
  • Frances Britten
  • Susie Needham
  • Anne-Marie Culhane