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Beaford Arts was established in 1966 by the Dartington Hall Trust as The Beaford Centre to promote and support the arts in rural north Devon - an area of 799 square miles bounded by Dartmoor, Exmoor, and the Atlantic west coast.
Beaford Arts is England's oldest rural arts organisation, based at Greenwarren House in the village of Beaford in North Devon. It has been involved in a number of arts projects including James Ravilious's work to create the Beaford Archive. This collection of 80,000 black-and-white photographs taken over seventeen years "forms a unique exploration of the society, culture, geography and economy of a 'corner of England'".[better source needed] The Beaford Archive also includes 10,000 older images of north Devon, mainly taken between 1880 and 1920, collected by Ravilious from his subjects during his work. It is currently stored in secure conditions in the North Devon Record Office.
Beaford Arts' present functions are:
- supporting the existing work in the Beaford Archive
- developing and supporting new rural art work
- promoting performances in rural areas (the average population density in northern Devon is 189 people per square mile)
- running a residential arts centre in Beaford for children and young people from across Devon.
- "The Beaford Centre". The Dartington Hall Trust. Archived from the original on 3 December 2013. Retrieved 29 November 2013.
- Torridge District Council strategic plan 2005-10; North Devon District Council corporate plan 2007-10
- "Welcome". Beaford Arts. Retrieved 29 November 2013.
- "How to find us". Beaford Arts. Retrieved 29 November 2013.
- Peter Hamilton, lecturer, Open University, 1998
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