Talking Art with Philip Stanier creator of The Buried Moon

THE BURIED MOON directed by Philip Stanier and the Strange Names Collective Philip Stanier and the Strange Names Collective will present The Buried Moon at the University of Cumbria Ambleside Campus for Lakes Ignite 2018 Philip Stanier - creator of The Buried Moon for Lakes Ignite 2018

Introducing Philip Stanier… Artistic Director of the Strange Names Collective, an interdisciplinary team of artists who will be making a project for Lakes Ignite 2018. I’m also a lecturer in Performing Arts at the University of Winchester.

What will you be creating for Lakes Ignite 2018?

A project titled ‘The Buried Moon’. It’s a combination of site-specific performance, exhibited artworks, and a Virtual Reality experience.

The Buried Moon is an interdisciplinary art project in three parts, exploring landscape and the Anthropocene, and the cultural history of geology

Sounds interesting… tell us more about your artwork

We are going to encounter the mysteries of geology and the deep interior of the earth. We will explore what we actually know about what’s literally under our feet, and what we might imagine to be there as well. The project is being made in collaboration with an exploration geologist resident to the Lake District, and a lot of on the ground research. So we are mixing art, up-to-date science, and hands-on experience of the Lakes to make something special.

The Buried Moon is an interdisciplinary art project in three parts, exploring landscape and the Anthropocene, and the cultural history of geology. It will consist of:

  • The Buried Moon – A performance by Philip Stanier, Penny Newell and Gillian Lees
  • The Lives of Mountains – An exhibition of a series of artworks by Wayne Burrows
  • The Fall through the Earth – A VR experience of video and drone footage, 360 degree photography and artworks by Wayne Burrows, animated by Adam York Gregory

What are the connections between your artwork for Lakes Ignite and the Lake District as a World Heritage cultural landscape?

The work explores how the geology affects us in really profound ways, how it inspires us and shapes how we live. The Lake District is not only a perfect example of how incredible landscapes produce and cradle culture, it’s the source material for our work.

Where will people be able to see your artwork?

At the University of Cumbria’s Campus in Ambleside.

And when can people visit?

All the parts of project will be ready by 26 May.

The exhibition runs from 26 May – end July and performances (each lasting 20 minutes) take place 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).

And a few questions about the Lake District… What makes the Lakes a special place for you?

I visited the Lake District on a residential school trip when I was at Primary school. It was my first encounter with such a dramatic and beautiful landscape, of society and culture formed by its surroundings, and of really wonderful long walks. It was very formative.

During a visit to the Lake District what would be your 3 fave cultural hot spots or events?

The Armitt Museum in Ambleside, Theatre by the Lake in Keswick, and the sculptures in Grizedale Forest.

If you could choose your one favourite view in the Lakes, where would it be?

The top of The Old Man of Coniston. Get to the top for sunrise and see the light hit the fell tops and turn the lakes to silver, it’s incredible.

See more of the Strange Names Collective at
Instagram: @philipstanier
Twitter: @Philip_Stanier


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

University of Cumbria, Ambleside Campus: Rydal Road, Ambleside, LA22 9BB

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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 in a unique collection of artworks that are free to visit and explore.

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.

Tell us what you think about Lakes Ignite and be entered into a draw to win a hamper of Cumbrian goodies courtesy of Rheged!

Lakes Ignite 2018 – Festival Map
Lakes Ignite 2018 – Festival Map