Visitors to Studland Bay on Sunday (15th September), will be able to make mountains in the sand and find their heads in the clouds, thanks to two uniquely immersive art interventions.
As part of the National Trust’s presentation of Katie Paterson’s new participatory artwork First There Is A Mountain, Dorset-based outdoor arts producers Activate are hosting Cloudscapes, quietly nestling in a natural amphitheatre, signposted from Knoll Beach.
Originally commissioned by Activate in 2016 for the Inside Out Dorset festival, Cloudscapes was created by Lorna Rees of Gobbledegook Theatre as a duologue for performer and clouds. Audiences lie on beanbags and contemplate the ever-changing parade of clouds above them, whilst listening on headphones as Lorna tells a story laced with clouds that’s based on a personal journey of a lifetime she took with her father.
An uplifting, reflective experience, afterwards audiences can visit the Cloud Box, a converted horsebox where Lorna displays artworks and ephemera that relate not only to clouds, but also to her family story.
Visitors can find First There Is A Mountain at Shell Bay Beach and make their way along the National Trust’s designated Heather Trail to the Blow-Out, a natural amphitheatre created by wind erosion just behind Knoll Beach, to take part in Cloudscapes.
And with suitably cloudy weather predicted for Studland, conditions are set for a memorable day.
Katie Paterson’s First There Is A Mountain will run from 11am until 3pm with Cloudscapes from 10.30am to 3.30pm, to allow early and late visitors time to take part in both and enjoy the Heather Trail in between.
When: 15th September 2019, 10.30am – 3.30pm
Where: Studland Bay, Dorset
More info: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/studland-bay