Dorset Council are seeking an artist or arts collective for a project as part of the HLF-funded Durlston Pleasure Grounds Project at Durlston Country Park National Nature Reserve in Swanage, Dorset.

This Project is a partnership, led by Dorset Council to enhance the Victorian landscape at Durlston for nature, history and people, which will be completed by August 2022. It will help Durlston become the best place in Dorset for people with disabilities and reduced mobility to enjoy wildlife and the countryside. The legacy will include a skilled and expanded staff and volunteer group supporting the management of the area, creating a landscape which can evolve to meet the needs of visitors and local people.

The artist(s), in consultation with the Project Team, will design, produce and install an artwork which explores the heritage of the Pleasure Grounds and in particular, the diversity of responses to this very special landscape. The work should help tell the story of the Pleasure Grounds through a variety of responses to it, from the Victorian period to the present, creating an artwork which will enrich the experience of visitors walking around the site and encourage them to consider their relationship with the landscape.

Messages and Objectives of Commission:

  • That the Pleasure Grounds evoke and have evoked a wide variety of responses from visitors – for example
    scientific curiosity, aesthetic appreciation, play, nostalgia etc and these differing responses all have value
  • That the Pleasure Grounds are rich in history, wildlife, beauty and human stories.
  • Visitors will be encouraged to contemplate their own responses and to have their reactions validated.
  • To provide ‘snapshots’ of the Pleasure Grounds at different points in their history

Budget: A maximum budget figure of £10,000 has been allowed at this stage for design, production and delivery of work to site

Closing date for applications: 5pm Monday 6th December
Selection and appointment of artist by interview: Thursday 16th December 2021
Installation: tbc on appointment but must be complete before the end of June 2022

For more information, or to discuss your application, please contact Ali Tuckey, Project Leader on 01929 424443 or

Download the full Brief for Installation Commission at Durlston Country Park NNR

Download the Durlston Pleasure Grounds Summary 


Please note that TADC are not partners in this project.