Resource: Arts and landscape case studies

No doubt we can all appreciate how landscapes and their heritage can influence and inspire us. Wiltshire’s historic landscape has drawn artists into the county for centuries.

One of the most celebrated historic landscapes in Wiltshire is the Stonehenge and Avebury World Heritage Site where the traces of human activity in the Neolithic and Bronze Age are still clearly legible offering enormous inspiration to creatives.   One of our past guest blogs from Beth Thomas gives a flavour of this.

Working with the World Heritage Site Coordination Unit, the arts service has developed a series of case studies to identify exemplar landscape inspired projects from across Wiltshire.

These case studies aim to broaden the understanding of art and the landscape and explore some of the challenges that contemporary creatives face when working in complex and sensitive environments such as the World Heritage Site.

The following case studies drawn from across Wiltshire were presented at an arts symposium delivered by the Avebury and Stonehenge World Heritage Site Coordination Unit in November 2015:

Watercycle Case Study

h-Eedges Case Study

Floating Cinema Case Study

Exchanges Case Study

Cicatrix Case Study

Further reflections on this symposium and how the Wiltshire landscape has inspired creatives can be viewed on this blogsite.

We continue to build our case studies from creatives who have been influenced by and responded to Wiltshire’s historic landscapes. Recent projects inspired by the World Heritage Site include:

Defender of the Dead Case Study

Playing Puck Case Study

We’d like to hear from you about other projects inspired by Wiltshire’s landscape which have engaged audiences and created great art. Please email us at



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