A weekend of immersive video projections, walks, talks and stone carving workshops, showcasing artist and community led regeneration’. 

As part of Heritage Open Days in collaboration with the Portland Town Council,Portland Sculpture & Quarry Trust is launching its ‘Living Land Archive’ at the Drill Hall and at the ‘Memory Stones’ — incorporating IT, immersive projections, artists’ collaborative projects and community presentations, showing how people can add to the Memory Stones over time.

If you would like to take part please contact
Portland Sculpture & Quarry Trust on 01305 826736 or email psqt@learningstone.org. Heritage Open day events are free but you will need to book using Eventbrite, Email or Telephone.

Event Information

Portland Sculpture & Quarry Trusts Living Land Archive, animated through artists collaborative projects and community presentations, will bring the macro and micro detail of Portland’s unique landscape into focus; addressing issues of climate change within a new model for re-generation that shares knowledge and skills across disciplines. This forward-looking partnership both supports and creates new structures for the future sustainability of our landscape and environment, with presentations that relate to the interpretation and regeneration of 11 contrasting quarries within a half-mile radius of the Drill Hall. Presentations of all around sound and projections at the Drill Hall will highlight an immersive experience of the fossil record and climate change. At Tout Quarry Sculpture Park & Nature Reserve there will be activities that connect with all ages, including stone carving workshops where you can carve your own sculpture and engage with artists on collaborative projects that regenerate our landscape and renew our connection with stone. Founded by firefighters, Frontline Coffee Roasters will provide refreshments with proceeds going to RNLI, NHS and emergency services.

Event Times

Thursday 16 September: 1900-2000 Refreshments with Frontline Coffee Roasters, founded by firefighters (selection of refreshments, including cocktails) all proceed go to frontline charities , 2000-2100 Immersive projections and illustrated talks
Friday 17 September: 1830-1930 Refreshments with Frontline Coffee Roasters, founded by firefighters (selection of refreshments, including cocktails) all proceed go to frontline charities, 1930-2100 Immersive projections and illustrated talks

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required
Go to: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/voices-to-stone-weekend-heritage-open-day-tickets-166678069593
Booking opens: 10 August 2021 23:00

Access

Parking is at Easton Lane below urban clearway. Bus stop is at Grove Corner on Easton Lane There is wheelchair ramped access to Drill Hall. There is a drop off point at the Drill Hall, The Drill Hall at 5,000 sq ft has disability toilets, refreshment area, is accessible to visually impaired and hearing impaired people through overhead PA sound system and large size all around sound and video projection.

COVID-19 Considerations

This event will run in line with local & national government guidelines at the time of the festival.

Additional Information

Max 40 people per tour/session. 1hr for refreshments, 1.5hr presentation

There will be opportunities for people to give short presentations on the environment. If you would like to take part please contact Portland Sculpture & Quarry Trust on 01305 826736 or email psqt@learningstone.org  or go to learningstone.org‘News’ for  details on the schedule of presentations.  Heritage Open day events are free but you will need to book using Eventbrite, Email or Telephone. 

The four day Voices to Stone event will include: 

  • Audio Visual Projectionsonto the Memory Stones from Portland Sculpture & Quarry Trust’s ‘Living Land Archive’, showing how Portland stone was formed, the collective skills of the community who worked it by hand, its unique ecology and future regeneration through artists’ projects — engaging local schools with leading climate scientists research.
  • Seven Projects that restore our environment will show how the stone unravels its histories and ecologies of past present and future through voices of climate scientists and specialists within the community working with the next generation of artists architects designers, the community, agencies and schools.  All of the 7 projects  address issues of climate change,  biodiversity,  ecosystems and renewal, with the Memory Stones becoming a curated space and site of reference. The 12 stones will transmit digital records of projects for everyone to access using mobile devices and printed materials. 
  • Stone Carving Workshops in the open air workshops of Tout Quarry Sculpture Park & Nature Reserve, a 42 acre hand-worked environment  with labyrinths and gullies saved from further mineral excavation by Portland Sculpture & Quarry Trust in 1983 – pioneering a new model for regeneration of our environment and the wider Quarry Park. Stone Carving Workshops are for all ages where you can carve your own sculpture
  • Interpretation Walks, will create a green corridor along a pathway of 150 metres, descending through 18 stages of the fossil record into the wider Portland Quarries Nature Park.  Introductions by artists and ecologists  on collaborative projects that regenerate our landscape. 
  • All Around Sound and Projections onto Portland’s fossil record with Living Land Archive recordings of the many people who have contributed their working histories and hand tools over the years.  
  • Illustrated Talks on the geology ecology and quarrying history  linked to the regeneration projects for the ongoing development of the Living Land Archive interpreting 11 contrasting quarry environments that form the Quarry Park within a half-mile radius of the Drill Hall at its centre, made accessible via public footpaths.
  • Portland Sculpture & Quarry Trust – Living Land Archive, animated through artists collaborative projects and community presentations, will bring the macro and micro detail of Portland’s unique landscape into focus addressing issues of climate change within a new model for regeneration that is sharing skills and knowledge across disciplines.
  • Drill Hall – Frontline Coffee Roasters will provide refreshments and cocktails as a fundraiser with proceeds going to RNLI, NHS and Emergency Services.

Voices to Stone – at the Memory Stones (a landmark sculptural gateway  and platform for biodiversity —  implemented after the COPP 21 UN Climate Change Conference and climate agreements made in 2015) is also in preparation to contribute to the forthcoming COPP 26 events.

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Directions

Also at Tout Quarry Sculpture Park and Nature Reserve, DT5 2EN The Drill Hall is on the left, between the Heights Hotel and Easton. Tout Quarry can be accessed from the car park near the Heights Hotel and walking across the road and past the Standing Stones.

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