Friday, 07 June 2019 07:17

When and Where can you see DORSET MOON?

It has travelled all over the world and wowed thousands. Now Luke Jerram’s internationally acclaimed Museum of the Moon is making its way to Dorset for the first time as part of DORSET MOON; the exciting new arts event for summer 2019.

Inside Out Dorset, b-side and Bournemouth Arts By the Sea present Luke Jerram’s Museum of the Moon as the centrepiece for a full programme of free lunar-inspired events will create an experience that is out of this world.

Friday 28 – Sunday 30 June Central Gardens, Bournemouth
The Upper, Central and Lower Gardens have all been Green Flag winners since 1999 and run from Bournemouth Pier to the boundary with Poole. The gardens are 3km long. They are all part of the Bourne Valley Greenway and are Listed Grade II in the English Heritage Register of Parks and Gardens. DORSET MOON will be in Central Gardens, near the War Memorial.

Friday 5 July – Sunday 7 July Sherborne Abbey, Sherborne
Founded by St Aldhelm in AD705, the Abbey has developed from Saxon cathedral to the worshipping heart of a monastic community, and finally, to one of the most beautiful of England’s parish churches. For many it is still the ‘Cathedral of Dorset’ and its Benedictine heritage lives on in the daily offering of prayer and praise.

Friday 12 July – Sunday 14 July Nothe Fort, Weymouth
Nothe Fort is now one of Weymouth’s major attractions and a venue for a wide range of public events. You don’t have to be a military enthusiast to enjoy your visit. It’s a great day out for all the family with lots to see and explore. This weekend also sees the Nyetimber Dorset Seafood Festival return to this picturesque harbour town.

DORSET MOON 'Pledge' represents 'one small step'

Hundreds of carbon footprints made by Dorset residents and visitors will combine to create two new large-scale artworks with an environmental message at Dorset Moon, this summer’s county-wide celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the first lunar landing.

The arts spectacle starring Luke Jerram’s monumental Museum of the Moon installation, is being staged in Bournemouth, Sherborne and Weymouth with a supporting programme of exciting and thought-provoking cultural experiences at each site. As part of that Dorset artist Carrie Mason is making her latest work, a collective drawing project called Pledge, under the moon at Bournemouth and Weymouth.

Inspired by astronaut Neil Armstrong’s famous words, she is inviting audiences to take ‘one small step’ and pledge to do something that will reduce their carbon footprint, then make a giant leap and leave their carbon footprints on the canvas before placing their pledges in a basket.

“Luke Jerram’s moon is made up of incredible NASA imagery of the moon’s surface,” says Carrie. “It’s literally out of this world, but NASA imagery of Earth is also being used to show us what we are doing to our own planet – we can see the effects of the melting ice caps and deforestation. I wanted to turn Neil Armstrong’s words on their head and make them about Planet Earth.”

In each location a 3m x 10m canvas will be spread out on the floor beneath the Moon. At one end will be a large wooden disc with a mound of locally sourced lump charcoal on top. Carrie will stamp on the charcoal to make a fine powder then announce her pledge before walking across the canvas to place her pledge form in a basket and inviting onlookers and bystanders to follow her.

“I want as many people as possible to fill out a pledge form, anonymously if they like, to say what they will do to reduce their carbon footprint, then step across the canvas. At the end the canvas will be dark with charcoal dust footprints and tyre marks – it’s wheelchair and pushchair-friendly – so when the disc is removed there’ll be a moon-shaped circle of clean canvas. It’s a call to action to show that when we act collectively our small actions can add up to something significant that can make a real difference.”

The decision to use local charcoal from a sustainable source is an important part of the work.

“The demand for cheap charcoal is a major factor in global deforestation so by working with Dorset Charcoal Company I can be sure that the charcoal I’m using comes from natural hardwood grown in well-managed local woodlands. Pledging to buy locally produced charcoal is one small step we can all make.”

Pledge will begin at 4.17pm – the time that Apollo 11’s lunar module landed on the Moon – on Sunday 30 June at Dorset Moon in Bournemouth Gardens and again at the same time on Sunday July 14 in Nothe Fort, home to the Weymouth Moon. Each performance will last for 117 minutes, the length of time that man walked on the moon on that historic mission.

“In my artistic practice I’m all about stripping things back and making them as simple as possible,” says Carrie. “Pledge seems a very straightforward way to highlight a problem that can seem really complicated and distant but there are little things we can all do that can make a difference.”

Dorset Moon is curated by Inside Out Dorset (produced by Activate), Arts by the Sea and b-side festivals.

The other new works commissioned for Dorset Moon are cross discipline and from artists at varying stages of their careers, including Dorset-based Ra Zamora’s sound installation Call of the Wild; Laura Reid’s silent disco soundtrack Celestial Bodies; Matilda Skelton-Mace’s installation Earth Module in which infinity mirror effects and organic lighting patterns evoke the night sky and play with scale; This Then Is the Moon a 150-second immersive experience by George Roberts with Natasha Salkeld and Immy Howard; Wind and Unwind, and Wind and Unwind, Helen Ottaway’s ten-minute composition for musical box and voice.

For more details on Dorset Moon and the full supporting programme in each location visit

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