Lakes Ignite presents six specially commissioned contemporary artworks to celebrate the Lake District’s designation as a World Heritage site. From January to July 2018, six artists are bringing their creative vision to the Lakes in a unique collection of artworks that are free to visit and explore.
Lakes Ignite 2018 presents a celebration of contemporary art in a World Heritage landscape!
Each installation provides a different perspective on our World Heritage story using very different media including metal, wood, mirrors, inflatables, performance and virtual reality. So, whether you’re 8 or 80, come and spark your imagination in 2018 and experience art in our celebrated Lake District landscape.
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01. Slung by Michael Shaw at Rheged Centre: Redhills, Penrith, CA11 0DQ
10 January – July
Plan your trip to see Slung and also take in some of the events and exhibitions on throughout the year at Rheged, shopping (including a fabulous toy shop), a huge cinema showing the latest films, and enjoy delicious artisan food in the Foodhall and cafés. It’s free to park and come into the centre.
02. Arctic Char by Brian Fell at The Ambleside Salutation Hotel: Lake Road, Ambleside, LA22 9BX
From 18 January
In the heart of the Lakes, amid dramatic fells and picturesque valleys you will find the Ambleside Salutation Hotel & Spa. Enjoying a village center location with breathtaking views, the hotel is ideal for a Lake District break any time of the year. Book a stay at the Salutation Hotel to be your base as you explore this and the other Lakes Ignite installations in the National Park.
03. Ordnance Pavilion by Studio MUTT behind Wainwrights’ Inn: Chapel Stile, Ambleside, LA22 9JD
27 January – July
Located in the Langdale Valley, between the villages of Elterwater and Chapel Stile, the Langdale Estate is surrounded by some of the finest Lake District scenery. Find the Ordnance Pavilion behind Wainwrights’ Inn, a traditional Lakeland pub that is popular with locals and walkers alike, and try their special Lakes Ignite ale. Why not take your Lakes Ignite break in style by staying at The Langdale Hotel and Spa, a luxury four-star hotel just a five minute walk away from the Ordnance Pavilion.
04. Mountains We Made by Charlie Whinney in Grizedale Forest: Grizedale Visitor Centre, LA22 0QJ
From early January
Mountains We Made will be found next to the play area at Grizedale Forest. Known as ‘the forest of firsts’, it has a rich history and legacy of being the first forest in the UK to develop publicly accessible sculpture trails. Mountains We Made, together with another piece by Charlie, will be new editions to the permanent collection made up of over 40 sculptures by some of the leading names in contemporary art.
05. Time Mirror by Di Mainstone at Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House: Bowness-on-Windermere, LA23 3JT
18 May – July
The Time Mirror experience will open alongside Blackwell’s Centre of Ceramic Art exhibition from 18 May until the end of the July. The Centre of Ceramic Art exhibition will run until 9 September. Whilst visiting Time Mirror be sure to make time for lunch or cakes in the Tea Room and a browse around the Contemporary Craft Shop to pick up some beautifully unique handcrafted gifts.
06. The Buried Moon by the Strange Names Collective at University of Cumbria, Ambleside Campus: Rydal Road, Ambleside, LA22 9BB
Exhibition runs from 26 May – end July
Performances (each lasting 20 minutes) on 26 & 27 May (1 performance each evening at 8pm) and 29 & 30 June and 1 July (2 performances each day: matinee at 2pm & evening at 8pm).
The Buried Moon is part of the University of Cumbria’s 10 year anniversary celebrations. The 10-year milestone sees the university reflect on its outstanding achievements and look ahead to future growth as a specialist institution providing world class education and opportunities. More information on the University of Cumbria’s 10 year celebrations
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