Some years back, ACE SW gave us a small research & development grant to explore a project we called Stories From The Stone Forest - something which we’d described in our funding application as being ‘a multi-disciplinary work exploring Dartmoor life’. As it turned out, the project took us on a bit of journey we never expected to go on, and SFTSF became the launch pad for a whole load of new work which we could never have forseen coming out of the project at the time we applied for funding. The theatre piece The House of No Return, and the short film Mrs Lustleigh’s Fancies for example, can both trace their initial inspirations back to the R & D we did for SFTSF.
It just goes to show that the opportunity for a bit of R & D which the funding from ACE SW provided is crucial for a company like ours to breathe - to explore ideas without the pressure of producing a specific ‘product’ at the end of it is a luxury so very rarely afforded to tiny organisations like Oddbodies – and of course in the end, we came up with much more stuff than we would have done if we’d had to make it… (if that makes sense?!).
One of the pieces of work we made specifically for SFTSF was The Shed Project. This curious and rather lovely thing was a movable and interactive installation which was designed to collect personal stories, memories and reflections of Dartmoor. It travelled around from place to place; Lydford Gorge , Bedford Square Tavistock, even outside the Museum of Dartmoor Life in Okehampton for quite a while. Which was rather fitting – because as well as all the lovely stories we were given, people also left ‘found’ objects which we collected in our very own ‘mini’ museum of Dartmoor . This little museum was, in turn, the inspiration behind The Curiosity Box, a sculptural installation we were commissioned by Devon Artists’ Network to make for the Devon Open Studios…
Click here to see a short film of Stories From The Stone Forest Click here to see film of The Shed Project