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This summer’s exciting art project, ‘step in stone’, is offering young, budding artists an opportunity to exhibit their work alongside international artists.

If you are under 20 years old and interested in art and design, the step in stone sculpture design competition is a chance to show your talents. In collaboration with and supported by the Black Swan Arts Centre, a simple, online entry process will be accessible from 1 April to 18 May. To learn more about the project and how to enter, come along to the Launch event on Monday 23 March 6-8pm at Somerset Earth Science Centre. There will be a slide show, talk and a chance to meet some of the step in stone artists and experts at the centre.

Young people, local art teachers, and anyone else who is interested to know the winning designer will not only work with a professional artist to create their design in 3-d, but will also have their work featured in the step in stone art trail. All entries will be on view at Black Swan Arts during Somerset Art Weeks Festival 2015 with the best 20 exhibited on a special wall-space in the gallery.


There will also be the prize of a free workshop for the best entry by an under 13 year old. Certificates for the winners will be awarded at the Exhibition opening. Step in Stone will be a major art trail around 3 disused/working quarries in the Mendips, illuminating and exploring these spectacular landscapes, many taken over by wildlife.

Fourteen high calibre artists, all with connections to the South West, will create a series of site-specific artworks in response to the nature of quarries and their place in the cultural and industrial heritage of the region. Contemporary sculpture, land art, photography, textiles, painting, drawing, sound, spatial poetry and printmaking will be installed in these environments, aiming to inspire, fascinate and inform.

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Designs will need to link to the project’s theme and the challenge for the winner will be to create their sculpture in a day, with the help of an expert! Entry details will be online at:

There are other ways to get involved in the project including guided walks in collaboration with Somerset Wildlife Trust, artist talks and workshops for the wider community – some specifically for school children supported by Somerset Art Works’ InspirED programme.

School groups will be encouraged to visit the quarry trail by coach and can get in touch with step in stone for special guided walks.

Somerset Earth Science Centre is next to Moons Hill Quarry, Stoke St. Michael, nr Radstock, BA3 5JU. Tel: (01749) 840156

For further information visit step in stone’s website:

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