Cranborne Chase and West Wiltshire Downs

Businesses, residents and visitors to the Cranborne Chase and West Wiltshire Downs are invited to share views and thoughts about the area. This new walking and making project from Creative Wiltshire will create illustrations and text using digital and traditional media. Working alongside professional  artists the community generated work is to be published in the new year.

Outstanding Art in the Natural Environment - Workshops

An invitation to join us to develop creative illustrations with the written word, photography, illustration, digital media or design.

Each workshop will involve an inspirational walk followed by a hands on activity to focus on a particular theme. These works will then be used to enhance and illustrate the work of the Cranborne Chase Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Management Plan to be published in 2014. All the work produced will be exhibited in the new year.

Workshops are run by professional artists experienced with community partnerships. Local businesses, residents and visitors are invited to take part in a series of short walks walks, outdoor expeditions and linked workshops.

Creative Wiltshire has been commissioned to lead this autumn project for the Cranborne Chase AONB. Each workshop will be focused around particular theme and will involve an outdoor activity, a visit, a short walk or an expedition; workshops will include time to share ideas, thoughts and photos. Attendees will be encouraged share their views help devise text and collate visuals. 

There will be an opportunity to work with pen and paper as well as a chance to work in digital media using iPads and digital cameras. Attendees are welcome community enterprises, business and individuals of all ages over 16 years, but sorry no dogs. Please use the links to register so that we know who will be taking part.

On the day:

Saturday 23rd November: Tisbury, a day themed around the rural economy and sustainability.

Local businesses with international or local markets all welcome. Meet at the carpark in Tisbury 11.30. In the evening we travel to the Ancient Technology Centre  for The King of Lies and Other Tales with Clare Murphy a lying contest in the Earth House. A perfect way to end the day and prepare for a day in deep history.

Contact Creative Wiltshire for more information.

Sunday 24th November: Down Farm, a day exploring the historic landscape and related issues.

Farmer Martin Green will lead a walk over his highly famed farm where archeaological works have taken place and showcase his historic inspirational finds. Afterwards the group will retire to the classroom to work on individual ideas and artworks. Materials are provided although please bring any preferred art supplies with you. Wrap up warm and bring a packed lunch and your waterproofs!. Book here

Monday 25 November: Broad Chalke, a day thinking and making art about rural communities.

Join the team for a working lunch at Chalke Valley Stores in the old Congregational Church at about 1 pm. Contact Creative Wiltshire for more information.

Tuesday 26th November: Win Green to Larmer Tree.

Join us for a 10 mile walk looking at the working landscape and the natural environment, fields, coppicing, wildlife.

The walk begins and ends at Larmer Tree Gardens. Meet at 0930 at the Larmer Tree Gardens car park for car share to Win Green to enjoy a panoramic walk before going through the woods for a short talk and viewing of woodland management on this historic estate. The walk continues to Larmer Tree Gardens to work on individual ideas and artworks. Materials are provided although please bring any preferred art supplies with you. Those preferring a short walk can meet at Win Green and rejoin the workshop at the Gardens. Wrap up warm and bring a packed lunch and your waterproofs!  Book here

Artists Ali Pretty and Richard White will be leading the workshops and developing the content, Ali and Richard led the Walking Wiltshire’s White Horses project: with Wiltshire Museum and Devizes Carnival.

Ali Pretty is a British textile artist and carnival designer, best known as the founding member and artistic director of Kinetika, an international outdoor arts company. Ali's independent practice looks deeper, towards a more personal approach, combining creative walking with conceptual textile design and writing.

Richard White is a digital artist and producer with an extensive career in participatory arts work. He leads Creative Wiltshire for Wiltshire College and contributes to the Heritage Management degree programme at Bath Spa University. 

Testimony from Walking Wiltshire’s White Horses:

“Just wanted to thank you for creating, curating and organizing the most magnificent event. I have some wonderful memories and images seared in my mind.”

Bruce Tozer, walking participant


For further information contact Creative Wiltshire


Cranborne Chase & West Wiltshire Downs AONB | AONB Office, 4 Castle Street, Cranborne, Dorset, BH21 5PZ

Photo: Mike Johnston

Photo: Richard White

Photo: Richard White