By Jemima Laing
The view from the cabin should provide plenty of inspiration
Artists in Devon are being given the chance to take creative inspiration from a fortnight in a historic artists' cabin unused since the 1970s.
The National Trust is asking artists from Devon and Cornwall to apply to spend two weeks at the Bucks Mills Cabin in north Devon.
The cabin was used by artists Judith Ackland and Mary Stella Edwards.
The pair created many watercolours, drawings and dioramas at the cabin between 1913 and 1965.
The cabin was used by Ackland and Edwards from 1913
A collection of their work is now held at the Burton Art Gallery & Museum in Bideford.
Steve Mulberry from the trust said: "It's a beautiful place, full of character and history with magical views, that is usually closed to the public.
"This is a great opportunity for someone to have behind-the-scenes access to the cabin and we hope it will inspire some exciting contemporary visual art."
For two weeks in early May 2010, the selected artist will spend working time at the Cabin and it will be the first time since the 1970s it will have been used.
Then the artists will talk about their experiences as part of the annual Appledore Visual Arts Festival - June 3 to 6 - and there will also be a rare opportunity to visit the Cabin.
The trust has also put a panel at the site giving more information about the artists and their work.
The Burton is also holding an exhibition, Acklands and Edwards: Selected Works from the Permanent Collection.
The artist will use the site for two weeks in early May
It consists of the artists' watercolours, drawings and dioramas of local topographical or historical interest.
Miranda Clarke from the gallery said: "The impetus of an artist working directly on site, and exploring their practice in a place with such a long artistic tradition will create a rich resource for the local community for years to come.
"For us at the Burton this project is extremely timely and allows us to reflect on the works in our Ackland and Edwards' collection."
The deadline for the applications from artists is 15 January 2010.