An Artist Research Trip on a cold, wet day in January gave those involved an opportunity to get together on site, explore various starting points and develop ideas and artwork for the project.
“It was very inspiring despite the weather and I got home buzzing!” says artist Suzie Gutteridge.
The 3 quarries have very different characteristics – Westdown/Asham is disused, massive and dramatic, with a long pathway and stream, neighbouring Asham Woods SSSI. It was used as a backdrop for filming Dr Who. Halecombe is a working quarry with a peripheral circular public pathway overlooking the site, while Fairy Cave Quarry is mysterious with stunning limestone rock formations and renowned caves.
“I found the quarry landscapes really fascinating, alien, exciting …” artist Ralph Hoyte.
Fiona Campbell 9/2/15