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Saturday 10th February 2018 until Monday 7th May 2018

Naturally Curious

Ever since geologists began to unlock the incredible history of our planet people have wished to recreate environments which existed before humans.  There is a fascination down the centuries with how different ancient ecosystems were from those we recognise today.  Fossils drive the imagination… but fossils aren’t the only things that inspire curiosity about nature.

This art exhibition explores how curiosity and creativity go hand in hand. The four artists represented here each draw inspiration from nature in their own unique ways. From modern recreations of prehistoric animals to abstract representations of the rocks beneath the landscape. All them have a passion for sharing their curiosity with others.

The natural world is a playground for the imagination. Art is one way for us all to explore and express what we discover.

This temporary exhibition will be in conjunction with the Natural History Museum's touring Exhibition Dippy on Tour: A Natural History Adventure for more details about the tour and how to book tickets CLICK HERE

Dr Mark Witton

Dr Mark Witton is a Research Associate at the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences in Portsmouth.  He completed his PhD in Pterosaur palaeoecology and diversityin 2008.  He has over 20 published papers and book chapters and is the author of Pterosaurs: Natural History, Evolution, Anatomy (Princeton University Press, 2013) and Recreating an Age of Reptiles (Crowood Press, 2017).  Mark has been a Freelance palaeoartist since 2006.  Artwork was recently featured in Dinosaur Art II: the Cutting Edge of Paleoart.  He is a consultant and designer for TV, comics and film including Walking with Dinosaurs 3D (20th Century Fox), Planet Dinosaur (BBC).   2018  books include The Palaeoart Handbook (the first ever guide to palaeao-art methods) and Life Through the Ages II, a sequel to Charles Knight’s 1946 classic tour through the history of life.

You can see more of his work at


Amanda Wallwork

Amanda Wallwork is an artist and curator based in Dorset. Her current practice is a continuing enquiry into landscape based around a series of research projects with associated exhibitions and commissions specifically concerned with the archaeology, geology of place. Informed by a process of immersion, extraction and abstraction the work is a form of mapping or shorthand for a collection of ideas and ideologies, symbolising an activity in time and place. Primarily a painter she has focused on her own work since 1998 after an early career as a successful children’s book illustrator and indie record sleeve designer. She exhibits widely including Art First, London and is represented in Cornwall by Belgrave Gallery St Ives.  Her work is regularly selected for the Bournemouth University Loan Collection and is held in many private collections. She was elected member of the Royal West of England Academy in 2014.

She was recently commissioned by South Dorset Ridgeway Partnership to produce a series of maps and Field Guide exploring the landscape of the South Dorset Ridgeway. The concept behind the Field Guide and maps was to highlight how the unseen geology beneath our feet dictates or influences the landscape we see today. From landforms, soil, plants, wildlife and early human intervention – all relate to the rocks below the surface.

You can see more of her work at

Darrell Wakelam

Darrell is lucky enough to have spent his whole working life creating sculptural work with children and young people, mainly in schools but also in museums, libraries, theatres and as a part of festivals or events.

Originally from the West Midlands, Darrell moved down to the South West to set up my own business ‘Jekyll & Hyde’ in 2005. Having Lyme Regis as his base has enabled him to link his artistic skills to another one of his childhood passions, natural history. Over the last fifteen years he has provided countless art workshops relating to the unique geology and natural history of the ‘Jurassic Coast’ with children of all ages and abilities.

Darrell's work is predominantly three dimensional and incorporates simple techniques and everyday materials, mainly scrap cardboard and paper. This makes the outcomes cheap and easily achievable for even the youngest of participants.

You can see more of his work at


Lorna Rees

Lorna Rees, Artistic Director of Gobbledegook theatre company, which create happenings through live performance, music and installation. As theatre artists their  guiding principal is to create or facilitate work which 'renders the familiar strange' for audiences – be it on a seafront promenade, in public gardens, festival fields, school corridors or playgrounds. They believe very strongly in play for people of all ages and that the link between theatre, playing and making stories is very close indeed. 

During 2017 and 2018, Gobbledegook are working with long-time collaborator, Adele Keeley – Senior Lecturer in Costume and Performance Design at the Arts University Bournemouth to create work which is visually stunning as well as scientifically stimulating. Lorna is Artists in Residence with the Jurassic Coast Trust for the Big Jurassic Classroom, and Natural History Museum’s Dippy on Tour project.

You can learn more about of her work at


Art Exhibition: Naturally Curious


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