Green Space Dark Skies

This project invites 20,000 people, from all paths in life, to make a journey into the landscape together. There, we can experience wild and beautiful places across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland as dusk falls. Each mass gathering celebrates nature, our responsibility to protect it and everyone’s right to explore the countryside.

One of 10 major projects commissioned as part of UNBOXED

UNBOXED Creativity in the UK, is a groundbreaking UK-wide celebration of creativity in 2022. Led by outdoor arts pioneers Walk the Plank, Green Space Dark Skies takes place from April to September.

Activate worked with Walk the Plank to present Green Space Dark Skies at Maiden Castle within the Dorset Area of Outstanding National Beauty on 11 June 2022. The project continues nationwide.

Everyone is invited to register to become Lumenators – to carry low-impact lights specially designed by Siemens that are sensitive to the night-time environment. Events have taken place and will continue to take place at 20 different locations across the UK. At each special location, the art created is recorded and filmed.

The inspiration for this project is the 90th anniversary of the 1932 Kinder Scout mass trespass, when 500 people walked across Kinder Scout in the Peak District in protest at the laws that made crossing the land illegal. Today, the UK’s National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs) are places that anyone can visit, any time, for free.

We know that not everybody feels able to make use of these incredible spaces. Green Space Dark Skies invitie people who feel excluded from our wild spaces to make a journey together. The aim is to create powerful new connections with the UK’s countryside. Right now, this is more urgent than ever as we all face the climate emergency. We consider our landscapes as places worth protecting, for everyone, forever.

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Taking part

Here in Dorset, Activate invited hundreds of people to become Lumenators and to come together in June to create a unique film in the heart of Dorset Area of Outstanding National Beauty. Click below for more information..

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