road for the future

introduction  artists have a horizontal linear blog where they can ‘post’ research material, video clips, photos, sound files, links etc. This material/ work in progress is uploaded chronologically and on the RFTF ‘line’ these different artist’s posts become randomly interwoven.

I am initially drawn to this site as a place because of its shape, a long thin line through the body of the landscape, like a road but wonderfully entropied into almost an anti-road. Resonances of travelling through the landscape, and the inevitability of viewpoints, landmarks, picnic spots. The notion of a dynamic place to move within, not a mark or spot to stop at. The old railway line is a place that trangresses the other delineations of the countryside. the hedges, fences, ownership boundaries, streams etc  and yet encompasses them… But it has its huts, which potentially offer spaces for a juxtaposition between art and audience. The narrative of the transformation of the old railway line into a bicycle route underpins the project’s themes of a road for the future. The artists projects and workshops will  raise consciousness about current concerns over sustainable transport, energy, wellbeing and health. We will also engage with the historical legacy of railways, the changing meaning of ‘commons’ in particular history at Powerstock Common, access to the landscape in a wildlife sensitive site, ecological architecture, and wild food. Road for the future is a framework which will invite the collaborators to also  record and document their process over the year through collective access to website and meetings.


…. artists Adam Chodzko, Anna Lucas and Judith Dean will be working on the pilot project during the summer and autumn… and using the project website to upload work in progress, research material etc….

We met in July 2011 to start talking about our work…. paula orrell, anna best, judith dean, adam chodzko, anna lucas

…. Pilot Publishing PP, artists Amy Plant+Ella Gibbs’ Energy Café  has been and gone already and there is also PP’s blog for some documentation, photos, recipes…  – The local paper took some photos – dorset echo.

NB Energy Cafe has recently been stolen please support the search –

…. ongoing is the process working with students at The Architecture Association to design a shelter/wild kitchen for the public at Powerstock Common, with tutors Saskia Lewis, Matthew Butcher among others. I have spent time with the students on site and at the AA in London. We plan to present the designs to the public and the Dorset Wildlife Trust soon….

Road For The Future begins with a pilot project – a year long collaborative project on a decommissioned rural railway, proposed as a cycle trailway, in West Dorset. Architects, artists, educators and ecologists will create live art events exploring issues around sustainable transport, food and commons. We aim to construct a prototype wild kitchen as an ongoing resource at Powerstock Common. We have received funding from Arts Council England for half the budget, support from ArtSway Associates with the Leverhulme Trust,  Dorset Design and Heritage Forum through Wide Open Space and the West Dorset District Council. Further funds will be sought though a crowdfunding raffle.

There were events at different points along the proposed route in January and September 2010

“Probably the strangest community arts event in the area so far in 2010”

Please take a look at the images and files above…

NB the trailway is not a fait accompli and proposals are at the ideas stage, open to discussion and comment …photos are credited to the websites and artists mentioned and serve as examples of possible work.






links and collaborators –


Thankyou very much for funding support to

The Arts Council, England

ArtSway Associates Leverhulme Programme

Wide Open Space  Award, Dorset Design and Heritage Forum

West Dorset District Council

The Ernest Cook Trust

and thanks to all  –

collaborators and partners and George Sartin, Peter Henshaw, Richard Rider, Katy Hallet at Sustrans, Mark Segal and Jo Sanna at ArtSway, Julie Penfold at PVA, Ella Gibbs and Amy Plant of Pilot Publishing, Ines Cavill, Paula Orrell at Plymouth Arts Centre, Michaela Crimmin at The Royal College of Art Curating course, Andrea Crociani, Sarah Langley, Joanna Morland, Spike Golding, Alex Friedman, Saskia Lewis and Martin Self at The Architecture Association at Hooke Park, Julie Penfold, Anna Lucas, Adam Chodzko, Judith Dean, Kate Melville, Kim and David Squirrell, Adam of Magnificent Revolution, Powerstock School….


Energy Cafe with Pilot Publishing, December 2010, Powerstock Common old railway line