The Observatory, a sculptural installation, workspace, shelter and look-out for artists, has moved to Burton Bradstock for its project in collaboration with AUB, SPUD and the National Trust.

Artists are taking up residence in The Observatory temporary structures that have been installed on the Coastal Footpath at Burton Bradstock between July and September this year.

Students, graduates and staff from AUB, particularly from the Architecture courses will respond creatively to the location, and research the uniqueness of Dorset whilst in residence overlooking the beautiful Jurassic Coast.

The first two resident artists are AUB BA (Hons) Architecture 2017 graduates Marlow Parker and Adam Radwanski. Both students were awarded prizes by Terence and Annette O’Rourke Architecture at their recent Graduation Ceremonies.

The two striking structures – an artists’ studio called The Study and a public shelter named The Workshop – are part of a collaborative project with SPUD, a charity which specialises in the arts, architecture and educational projects.

Both wooden structures stand on turntables and have rotating handles to change the view of the landscape throughout the day, looking out to sea or inland to the Dorset hills. The artists will use The Study as a small site-specific studio, while The Workshop will remain open to visitors when artists are away.

The Observatory is supported by Arts Council England, and has been travelling around multiple locations over two years, including another National Trust site at Mottisfont in Hampshire.

The rotating structures, which are clad in charred wood created with the traditional Japanese preservation technique Shou Sugi Ban, were designed by a team of young architectural graduates at Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios in London who won a competition. The Observatory has been recognised with awards including a RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) South Award in 2016. The structure also includes traditional rope weaving techniques by Devon-based artist Edward Crumpton.

See the Observatory here:

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SPUD previously worked on the Exbury Egg project, an eye-catching, energy efficient and self-sustaining workspace for artist Stephen Turner on the Beaulieu River.

Find out more about the Observatory at Burton Bradstock.

Images copyright Andrew Wood and SPUD.