Activate are delighted to be recipients of funding from Jerwood Arts*. This will help co-commission 2 artists to create new art works as part of our biennial festival Inside Out Dorset in September 2020.


Lorna Rees, photo, Richard Budd

Artists Lorna Rees and Dave Young will develop, create and perform site responsive pieces to engage audiences in the rural landscape.Lorna Rees will create Geophonic, a performance and sound walk, encouraging audiences to listen to the geological processes of the Earth. Audiences will use custom-made, recycled plastic geophones, akin to large gramophone horns, to listen to different points on a journey guided by four performers.

Photo; Dave Young

Dave Young (The Shouting Mute) will collect stories from the farming and rural community, focussing on their relationship with the landscape, their views on climate change and the impact on their local environment. He will create a new poem for every person he interviews, a performance and a sound installation. This commission is also supported by Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and Artful Scribe.

“We are thrilled to be supported by Jerwood Arts. Their investment and support will help us realise these two important commissions exploring our relationship with the land and by artists based in Dorset.”

Kate Wood, Artistic and Executive Director, Activate and Inside Out Dorset


*About Jerwood Arts

Jerwood Arts is the leading independent funder dedicated to supporting outstanding UK artists, curators and producers to develop and thrive. They collaborate with organisations across art forms to imagine a more sustainable sector. Their programmes provide transformative opportunities for early-career individuals through awards, fellowships and commissions, and they present exhibitions in their gallery in London and on tour nationally.