Museum of Water

Bottles from Museum of Water by Amy Sharrocks Museum of Water artist Amy Sharrocks (Photo: Ruth Corney) Museum of Water is at Wray Castle Boat House, as part of Lakes Ignite 2016 (Photo: Ruth Corney) Bottles from Museum of Water (Photo: Ben Blossom) Museum of Water, created by artist Amy Sharrock, part of Lakes Ignite 2016

Hosted at Wray Castle Boat House from 6 – 8 May for Lakes Ignite, Museum of Water is a collection of publicly donated water and their accompanying stories, encouraging visitors to ponder the value, meaning and attributes of the precious liquid resource – water.

Museum of Water, created by artist Amy Sharrocks and presented by Brewery Arts Centre, comprises of a collection of over 700 bottles of water, each with its own remarkable story. There’s 129,000 year old water from the Antarctic, tears of joy, water from hidden rivers, muddy puddles and 30-year-old paintbrush water that has travelled the world.

Part of the collection is presented in vintage cabinets and Museum custodians will be on hand during the exhibition to accompany visitors through the myriad tales linked to the donations.

Museum of Water will be sited in Wray Castle Boat House between 6 – 8 May alongside England’s longest lake, to ponder our precious liquid resource.

Museum of Water is at Wray Castle Boat House, as part of Lakes Ignite 2016 (Photo: Banff-photo.com)
Museum of Water is at Wray Castle Boat House, as part of Lakes Ignite 2016 (Photo: Banff-photo.com)

The Lakeland landscape was shaped and continues to be moulded by water in all its forms. Every day we choose water metaphors to define our thinking. We chlorinate it and pipe it, soothed by our certainty that it will pour from our tap when we need it. Perhaps the 2015 floods have changed our attitudes to water? Museum of Water presents a timely opportunity to re-examine our connection, and develop a new relationship, with this most essential to life substance.

What water would you bring?

As part of this Museum of Water art experience for Lakes Ignite 2016, Cumbrians are being asked to contribute a brand new bottle to the collection in answer to the question “what water would you bring?”

The idea comes in the wake of the devastation caused to the county by Storm Desmond in December and is being seen as a way of reflecting on the floods but also as a way for people to move on from the flooding which caused widespread damage and misery to tens of thousands of people.

One bottle will then be chosen by Amy as the last UK donation to be added to the collection.

To enter the chance to contribute a Cumbrian bottle of water to the collection, email your idea for “what water would you bring?” to museumofwater@breweryarts.co.uk or enter via Twitter using #museumofwater.

// Museum of Water, Wray Castle Boat House between 6 – 8 May

Open 10am – 6pm daily | Admission is free

Museum of Water’s appearance at Wray has been commissioned by Kendal’s Brewery Arts Centre and is being supported by Windermere Lakes Cruises who will be transporting the bottles across Windermere by boat to Wray Castle and running a special service to the boathouse for visitors who want a car-free visit to the museum.

Windermere Lake Cruises to Museum of Water

You can take the Green Cruise from Ambleside (Waterhead) or Brockhole piers to get to the Wray Castle Boat House – there are currently 7 trips a day.

See the full timetable and book your tickets online via the Windermere Lake Cruises website for visitors who want a car-free visit to the museum.

// Lakes Ignite 2016

Featuring a programme of outstanding contemporary art experiences, Lakes Ignite 2016 is an eclectic celebration of artistic expression inspired by the stunning Lake District landscape, with a theme reflecting the region’s long and complex relationship with water in all its forms.

Lakes Ignite 2016 – celebrating art and culture in the Lake District that sparks your imagination from 30 April – 22 May, is supported by United Utilities.

Lakes Ignite 2016 is supported by United Utilities
Lakes Ignite 2016 is supported by United Utilities

To enjoy this Lakes Culture events and much more, book your break in the Lake District here

Museum of Water, created by artist Amy Sharrocks, at Wray Castle Boat House from 6 - 8 May
Museum of Water, created by artist Amy Sharrocks, at Wray Castle Boat House from 6 – 8 May