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 in the Rheged Centre: Redhills, Penrith, CA11 0DQ
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, LA22 9BX
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, Chapel Stile, Ambleside, LA22 9JD
From 27 January – August
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, LA22 0QJ
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, LA23 3JT
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: Rydal Road, Ambleside, LA22 9BB
27 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 – THE HEART OF A CAVE from 27 May – 31 July: A series of collage images, inspired by rumours, theories and wild imaginings from beneath the Lake District.
// VR EXPERIENCE – THE FALL THROUGH THE EARTH from 27 May – 31 July: Imagine you had slipped out of the grasp of gravity and matter, that you were free to drift through solid rock, what would you discover?
// PERFORMANCE – THE BURIED MOON: (lasting 20 mins) Sunday 27 May (at 7pm) and Friday 29 & Saturday 30 June and Sunday 1 July (2 performances each day: matinee at 2.30pm & evening at 7pm)
// You can book your FREE tickets for The Buried Moon here
// BOOK YOUR STAY IN THE LAKES TODAY!
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// MANY THANKS TO OUR SUPPORTING VENUES
Ambleside Salutation: Lake Road, Ambleside, LA22 9BX
Rheged: Redhills, Penrith, CA11 0DQ
Langdale Estate: Wainwrights’ Inn, Chapel Stile, Ambleside, LA22 9JD
Lakeland Arts (Blackwell, The Arts and Crafts House): Bowness-on-Windermere, LA23 3JT
Grizedale Forest: Grizedale Visitor Centre, LA22 0QJ
University of Cumbria, Ambleside Campus: Rydal Road, Ambleside, LA22 9BB