Lakes Ignite 2018 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 with a unique collection of artworks that are free to visit and explore.
Spark your imagination from January to July 2018 with a celebration of contemporary art in a celebrated World Heritage cultural 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.
Discover six contemporary artworks inspired by the Lake District World Heritage cultural landscape
LAKES IGNITE 2018 ARTWORKS
The Mountain Hall, Rheged, near Penrith: From 10 January – July
With a mild flavour of Dr Seuss, a hint of Haribos and a smidgen of the Cheshire cat from Alice in Wonderland, Michael Shaw’s flamboyant Slung is composed of two large fluorescent pink and orange striped inflatables, suggesting a pair of huge lungs that inflate and deflate as though breathing.
// ARCTIC CHAR
Outside the Ambleside Salutation Hotel, Ambleside: From 18 January
Handmade in steel by Brian and George Fell, this sculpture of a shoal of Arctic Char showcases a rare and notable Lake District fish whose survival acts as a barometer of climate change. The fish will be three times their actual size, so approximately one metre each, and arranged in a dynamic formation, as though captured in mid-motion.
// ORDNANCE PAVILION
Behind Wainwrights’ Inn, Langdale Estate, near Ambleside: From 27 January – July
Studio MUTT has created a colourful, interactive architectural intervention that celebrates the impact Ordnance Survey mappings have had on our human and cultural interaction with the landscape. Get up close to icons of OS maps as you’ve never seen them before.
// MOUNTAINS WE MADE
Next to the play area, Grizedale Forest: From early January
Constructed from sustainably sourced oak from Grizedale Forest, Mountains We Made by Charlie Whinney invites young and old to walk along sections of Lake District mountains created from steam bent wood.
// TIME MIRROR
Blackwell, The Arts and Crafts House, Bowness-on-Windermere: 18 May – July
Di Mainstone’s Time Mirror is a large tessellated funnel-shaped structure made of polished, mirror-like steel that reflects the stunning Lake District surroundings and allows audiences of all ages to experience and capture the landscape in an experimental and abstract way.
// THE BURIED MOON
University of Cumbria, Ambleside campus: 26 May – July
The Strange Names Collective presents The Buried Moon, a three-part artwork exploring landscape and the cultural history of geology in the Lake District through a performance by Philip Stanier, Penny Newell and Gillian Lees. Alongside this a photographic exhibition and VR experience by Wayne Burrows and animated by Adam York Gregory allows viewers to drift below the surface, into the deep interior of the earth.
Exhibition: 26 May – end July
Performances last 20 mins: 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)