Inland Sealand

Inland Sealand is one of the five commissions that formed part of the Ex Lab project. This commission, unlike the others which have a coastal location, focussed on inland Dorset linking the geology inland with that exposed along the Jurassic Coast. Following a journey from Sherborne to Portland using public footpaths, bridleways, green lanes and track-ways to reveal the geology underfoot through the experience of walking the landscape.

Painter Simon Callery was selected to create work in response to this brief. Simon’s work has been shown widely in the UK and internationally including Tate Britain, British Museum and Royal Academy of Arts, London. In developing new approaches to landscape based art Callery has worked in collaboration with archaeologists from Oxford Archaeology and the Institute of Archaeology, University of Oxford, over a number of years. This has resulted in the development of new forms for contemporary painting, which aim to engage the viewer on a multi-sensory level, akin to our experience of the material landscape.

Trench 10 - Dover Castle -  Photograph John Riddy

Trench 10 – Dover Castle – Photograph John Riddy

Simon Callery - Chromium Oxide Cut Pit Painting

Simon Callery – Chromium Oxide Cut Pit Painting

Simon spent months exploring the Dorset landscape and researching the geology and geomorphology of the area and mapping a geological journey from Sherborne to the sea. He created work for a subsequent installation which was staged in Sherborne in July 2012.

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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.