Artist Residencies

Photo: Charlotte Moreton

The Artist Residency Project is a series of three residencies, with each artist undertaking an exciting 6 month residency with the Chase & Chalke Landscape Partnership.

The project seeks to involve and inspire groups and individuals who do not normally connect with the heritage on their doorstep; so the appointed artists will work with the community as well as having the opportunity to develop their own work.

In 2024, at the end of the Chase and Chalke Landscape Partnership Scheme, there will be an exhibition to show the fruits of the residencies and their legacy for ongoing creativity and inspiration.


Apply for our second Artist Residency

We are welcoming applications from artists and artist groups for our second Chase and Chalke Artist Residency.

You can find full details here:



Our first residency is fabulously under way. You can read the Chalkeboard blog about it here:

Community Artists Brief – Summary

Artists working in visual arts/mixed media are invited to submit proposals in response to this brief as part the cultural heritage element of the Chase and Chalke Landscape Partnership Scheme (Chase and Chalke). We are looking to work with a professional, experienced, socially engaged artist who can deliver personal, social and educational outcomes for participants.  This is the second of three Artist Residencies.

Through each residency, artists will help raise awareness of the Chase and Chalke area and increase understanding of and engagement with significant aspects of it, i.e., the physical landscape, its biodiversity, its ancient history, and its culture.

This project seeks to engage groups and individuals who do not normally connect with the heritage on their doorstep. Participants will have the opportunity to respond to the rich heritage of the Chase and Chalke area and develop new perspectives.

There will be three separate Artist in Residence projects (2022/2023) followed by a joint exhibition (2024) of the work created, accessible to new and diverse audiences.

Each artist will have the opportunity to create their own new work in response to the theme of their residency.

The budget for each residency is not to exceed £4,000 (excluding VAT) to cover the artist’s fee and travel, with a further £750 allocated for materials per residency.

Artists may undertake more than one residency, but these must be in different media.

An additional fee of £600 (including materials) has been allowed for the curation of an exhibition which will feature the work from all Artist in Residence projects.

Further details of Chase and Chalke, the 20 projects, and Cranborne Chase AONB can be found here:

N.B.: the deadline for receipt of tenders is Sunday 26th June 2021, 17:00.  


Artist in Residence – Sara Dudman


January – June 2022

Sara Dudman’s artwork explores our shifting relationships with the environment. 

The ‘Unearthing’ project aims to explore Cranborne Chase through its geology and earth colours. As well as making her own new body of work, Sara will be working with communities to create collaborative paintings and drawings that use carefully selected natural earth pigments foraged from the landscape. The rocks, soil and chalk will be collected and transformed into earth-pigment paint. The artworks will be compiled together to create ‘tapestry-style’ visual stories of Cranborne Chase’s natural environment, geology and history. 

Sra Dudman artworks

During this project, Sara will embark on her own walking journey, which she describes as a ‘Sporadic Nomadic Residency’ – she will follow historic routes and pathways that criss-cross the landscape, collecting carefully chosen pigment samples to produce artworks that re-interpret her experience of the landscape; referencing trees, geology, nature, history, pathways, ancient settlements and land erosion.

Sara will invite communities, groups, and volunteers to join her on the ‘Sporadic Nomadic’ walking journey. People will participate in the mapping of Cranborne Chase through its geology and make locally produced earth-pigment paints. They will reflect their experiences of the landscape through their own artworks and writing, as well as collaborating with each other to make artworks that tell the stories of Cranborne Chase. People will be invited to participate both in on-site workshops led by Sara, and also at home via digital participation on social media.

Sara collection down farm

‘Unearthing’ seeks to build relationships between people, places and art by inviting people to explore the earth beneath their feet. Through the medium of earth-painting, the project will act as a catalyst for learning about local geology, ecology, archaeology and history of Cranborne Chase.

Sara Dudman RWA has extensive experience of leading participatory projects and events across the South West of England, and we are delighted to have engaged her for our first Chase & Chalke Artist Residency. For more information about her work and previous projects, visit

To follow Sara’s journey you can connect with her via social media:

Instagram: @SaraDudman1

Facebook: @SaraDudman1


Get Involved with our Artist Residency Project

We are looking for expressions of interest from communities, groups and individuals who would like to take part in art workshops and activities with us. There’ll also be plenty of opportunities for volunteers to get involved with the project as well so please do get in touch today!

Please email Charlotte Moreton at

You can also click here to contact Charlotte Moreton.

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