Dorset Moon - 7 New Commissions Announced

Dorset Moon is delighted to announce it has commissioned seven new art and performance pieces that will be FREE to enjoy. They will be part of a series of events called ‘Under The Moon’ that will compliment Luke Jerram’s Museum of the Moon in each of its spectacular locations.

DORSET MOON, is THE Summer season, Dorset-wide spectacle produced by three local arts festivals in three amazing locations which has as its centrepiece, Luke Jerram’s astonishing Museum of the Moon sculpture that has toured all over the world to great acclaim.

All commissions are by artists based in the South, four of which are from Dorset and one a graduate of Arts University Bournemouth.

“Dorset Moon has presented a wonderful opportunity to commission new work from homegrown artists that will bring exciting new cultural experiences for residents and visitors alike” says Kate Wood, Executive & Artistic Director of Inside Out Dorset that is curating Dorset Moon in collaboration with Arts By the Sea and b-side festivals. She added “The new commissions are all different and from artists at varying stages of their careers. We are delighted that several Dorset-based artists are presenting work in the programme. We hope to create a different feel to each of the three locations.”


The new commissions are:

Laura Reid – Celestial Bodies

Experience this at Bournemouth and Weymouth venues.

Celestial Bodies is a soundtrack for the Dorset Moon. Transmitted by silent disco, the listener is taken on a sonic journey moving through ethereal soundscapes, words and beats.


 R&D Studio with Hemabharathy Palani – A Small Dream

 Experience this at Bourneouth, Sherborne and Weymouth venues.

The story of a tiny Indian robot bound for the moon. Each show will be different and each will work alone. But by viewing all three, you will be able to track the developing story of a tiny female robot on her perilous 400,000-kilometre journey from the Earth to the moon. Lost in space the lone traveller confronts her own dreams and upon landing a new reality. A Small Dream is inspired by India’s real lunar ambitions and the rover they have created. It combines outdoor theatre, dance and projection.


Matilda Skelton-Mace – Earth Module

Experience this at Bournemouth, Sherborne and Weymouth venues.

A multifaceted dome structure inside an otherwise non-descript tent with room for one or two people. Using infinity mirror effects and subtle, organic lighting patterns to evoke the night sky, its form is inspired by the interior of the Apollo 11 lunar module. The work plays with scale in a way which complements the Museum of the Moon.


George Roberts – This Then Is The Moon

Experience this at Bournemouth, Sherborne and Weymouth venues.

Mounted on a steel plinth a battered VR headset inspired by Eugene Cernan’s Apollo 17 helmet – the last to view to view the Moon – houses a 150-second immersive digital experience that chronicles our ever-changing relationship with space.


Helen Ottaway - Wind and Unwind

Experience this at Sherborne Abbey.

New work for musical box and voice by Helen Ottaway, performed by Helen Ottaway (musical box) and Melanie Pappenheim (voice). Part of a new Requiem she is writing in memory of her mother who died in 2017. Working with themes of absence and the movement of the tides; drawing on the traditions of English folk song and liturgical music and collaborating with singer Melanie Pappenheim she will unwind a ribbon of sound and movement, a homage to the moon in the beautiful setting of Sherborne Abbey.


Ra Zamora – Call of the Wild

Experience this in Bournemouth, Sherborne and Weymouth venues.

'The Call of the Wild' is a sound installation inspired by the Wolf howl. Ra Zamora intends to create a Primordial experience to transport people to the wild corners of their psyche, whilst feeling the life force and restorative effect of the male and female wolves howling alone and then merging together.


Carrie Mason – Pledge

Experience this at Bournemouth and Weymouth venues.

A short performance of collective drawing made by audience participation, Pledge is inspired by Neil Armstrong’s iconic words as the artist wearing hobnail boots takes repetitive small steps to crush Dorset lump charcoal into fine dust then pledging to reduce their carbon footprint before taking a giant leap onto an adjacent canvas and inviting the audience to follow suit. The total performance lasts one hour 57 minutes, the duration of the first moonwalk.


Dorset Moon dates:

Friday 28 – Sunday 30  June,  St. Peter's Church, Bournemouth

Friday 5 – Sunday 7  July,  Sherborne Abbey, Sherborne

Friday 12 – Sunday 14  July,  Nothe Fort, Weymouth


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Written by Irene
Published on 9th April 2019