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Dorset Moon

Luke Jerram

Co-produced by Dorset Festivals Consortium

41,000 Visits to Dorset Moon
27% New visitors to the county
1:500,000 Scale of the moon

Commissioned artworks

On 7th April 2019, Dorset Moon announced it had commissioned seven new art and performance pieces that would be FREE to enjoy. They formed a series of events called ‘Under The Moon’ to compliment Luke Jerram’s Museum of the Moon in each of its spectacular locations. All commissions were by artists based in the South, four of which are from Dorset and one a graduate of Arts University Bournemouth.

  • Celestial Bodies Laura Reid

    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.

  • A Small Dream R&D Studio with Hemabharathy Palani

    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.

  • Earth Module Matilda Skelton-Mace

    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.

  • Then This Is The Moon George Roberts

    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.

  • Wind and Unwind Helen Ottaway

    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.

  • Call of the Wild Ra Zamora

    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.

  • Pledge Carrie Mason

    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 presented a wonderful opportunity to commission new work from homegrown artists that brought exciting new cultural experiences for residents and visitors alike. The new commissions were all different and from artists at varying stages of their careers. We are delighted that several Dorset-based artists presented work in the programme.” Kate Wood, Co-artistic Director of Inside Out Dorset.

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