Dominic Shepherd, Senior Lecturer, MA Fine Art and BA (Hons) Fine Art completes residency at The Observatory.

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. The Observatory sits temporarily perched on a clifftop close to the village of Burton Bradstock, sited above the vast stretch of Chesil beach, with Golden Cap the East and Portland to the West. Supported by AUB Research and the Mike Davies Fund for AUB Architecture.

Dominic was resident artist in July. Speaking about his residency he said:

“In my time at the observatory I decided to concentrate on the ever change light and weather. A true English summer of rain, mist, sun and wind. Keeping to one view I created a series of drawings looking west to the isle of Portland. A dark silhouette against the rising sun, a shining strand when the sun sets or a hovering shade floating in driving rain and drizzle. As the weather changed so fast I was not painting a view so much as an ever-changing experience.

“Portland is an island off an island. The weather is an essential part of the British Isles, creating landscape, informing culture and moulding character. From the Atlantic it comes rolling in.”

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