5 Minutes with Luke Jerram

Luke Jerram with a test inflation of Museum of the Moon

Introducing 5 minutes with… Luke Jerram..

Who is… the artist behind Museum of the Moon, which is being presented at the Lakes Alive festival in Kendal, 26 – 28 August. My multidisciplinary arts practice involves the creation of sculptures, installations and live artworks. I live in the UK, but work internationally creating art projects which excite and inspire people everywhere.

Tell us more… Museum of the Moon is a new touring artwork and is appearing early in its world tour. The installation is a fusion of lunar imagery, moonlight and surround sound composition created by BAFTA and Ivor Novello award winning composer Dan Jones.

Why is this special to you… Here on Earth we only see one side of the moon. It was only in 1959 that the Soviet Union’s Luna 3 probe photographed the far side of the Moon, which looks completely different to the side we see. There are no darker patches, for instance. So the Museum of the Moon will be the first time most members of the public will see this far side of the moon.

What can audiences expect… I try to make art that is accessible, that can be appreciated at different levels by different people. Scientists will be able to enjoy looking at this moon in one way, a child will be able to benefit from it by looking at it from a different perspective. If you’re religious, philosophical or interested in mythologies, music or history, hopefully this art will be able to be enjoyed by all different sorts of people in different ways; I try to make artwork with multiple doors of entry.

Museum of the Moon by Luke Jerram, with musical soundtrack by Dan Jones, appearing at the Lakes Alive festival from 26 - 28 August 2016, Kendal
Museum of the Moon by Luke Jerram, with musical soundtrack by Dan Jones, appearing at the Lakes Alive festival from 26 – 28 August 2016, Kendal

If you could name only 3 unmissable cultural hot spots or events in the Lakes – what would they be… I came to the Lakes and had a tour with Sarah, the Festival Director – there’s too much to take in during one visit, so I am looking forward to returning for the festival.

In a nutshell how would you describe the cultural offer in the Lakes… exciting!

And after a cultural adventure in the Lakes, where would be your ideal place to eat or stay… I enjoyed a great pie from the Apple Pie Café & Bakery in Ambleside. We sat on the step of the little house over the river.

And we just have to ask… if you could choose one view in the Lakes where would that be… the moon!

// Museum of the Moon by Luke Jerram, with musical soundtrack by Dan Jones, 26 – 28 August 2016, Kendal

Museum of the Moon is being presented by co-commissioning partner Lakes Alive in Kendal, UK. The moon will be installed indoors at St Thomas Church, Stricklandgate, Kendal, with lunar compositions played in surround sound from speakers in the space.

For more details about Museum of the Moon in Kendal, please visit the Lakes Alive website