Life Cycles and Landscapes

Life Cycles and Landscapes is a ground-breaking partnership between Activate, And Now: and the National Association of Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

It develops the strategic relationships between the custodians of our landscapes and the outdoor arts sector through professional development, advocacy and skills sharing. They work together to create artworks that inspire audiences to access and see the landscape in a new light.

Wayfaring is the artistic culmination of this three-year artistic and heritage collaboration.

Wayfaring   by And Now:

Step into the unknown.

Wayfaring is a journey of exploration, inspired by the present landscape and ancient routes of the Icknield Way, which runs from North Norfolk to the Dorset Coast and has existed since pre-Roman times. Journeying along these routes, artists And Now: have been commissioned to create a series of artworks inviting audiences to think about movement and migration; how we arrive at, understand, inhabit and leave a space. The project is nearing completion. The culmination event at Maiden Castle, Dorchester will bring this significant project to close on 22 September 2018.

Wayfaring has taken place at a series of locations each within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty; the sites speak of the opportunities and tensions present in the countryside today. The route surfs the leading edge of the chalk geology along the interwoven trackways and paths that connect the many archaeological and historic sites.

Using local and found materials And Now: craft installations that audiences can move through, investigate and contribute to. On the final evenings fire, music and performance transform the installations in a rousing celebration of the people present, coming together, of paths crossing for a single special night.

The Wayfaring digital artwork, which accompanies the live performance events is an evolving sketchbook of observations and learnings created by And Now: that compliments their land-based work. The online interactive website has been live from May 2018 and is constantly being added to.


The remaining Wayfaring event


Dorchester, Inside Out Dorset. 13 to 23 September 2018

Procession: Saturday 15th September, 2pm-4pm, Dorchester Town Centre to Maumbury Rings

Installation: Monday 17th September - Saturday 22nd September, daylight hours, Maiden Castle

Resolution: Saturday 22nd September, 8pm-10pm TBC, Maiden Castle



Past Wayfaring Events

The Beach, Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk & Norwich Festival -  

Installation Build: Monday 21st - Friday 25th May 2018, Daylight hours

Main Event: Friday 25th & Saturday 26th May, 8pm-10pm.


Basildon Park, Lower Basildon, Reading.  14 to 22 July 2018

Installation: Wednesday 18th July & Friday 20th July, 10am-5pm and Thursday 19th July 10am-8pm

Main Event: Saturday 21st July, 7pm-10:30pm. Performance start time: 8:30pm.


Wayfaring is:

Produced by Activate Performing Arts.

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Co-commissioned by 

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Supported by 

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Supported in Wells Next the Sea by 

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Supported in Basildon Park by

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Supported in Dorset by 

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Photos: See individual photos for credits. Wayfaring - Research and Development phase in Little Bredy, Dorset during Inside Out Dorset 2016.