Settlement at The Barrows, Heysham Coast (part of Festival of the Bay 2018)

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Sat, 01 Sep 2018 9:30 to Sun, 09 Sep 2018 21:30

Settlement at The Barrows, Heysham Coast (part of Festival of the Bay 2018)

A temporary public artwork by Rob Mulholland

Part of Morecambe Bay Partnership's Festival of the Bay 2018

When: Saturday 1st September  - Sunday 9th September, 9.30am - 9.30pm

Where: The Barrows at Heysham Coast (LA3 2RW)

Cost: FREE

Settlement is a brand new temporary work by British sculptor and environmental artist Rob Mulholland, one of five new artworks taking place around Morecambe Bay.

The sculptures, a series of mirrored dwellings, invite viewers to consider human settlers’ influence on Morecambe Bay. Six mirrored figures reflect upon the idea of sites of human settlement, reminding the viewer of the generations working the land and the sea in centuries gone by. The ambiguity of the mirrored forms and utilisation of unconventional materials will enhance the visual experiences and allow the viewers to see the environment in a new and exciting way, literally reflecting the landscapes they see around them. The landscape will alter and distort, appearing and disappearing as the viewer passes, a vestige or trace of the past, a reminder of those who have walked these places before. You can view Rob Mulhollands previous work here.

Parking and Access:

  • Settlement will be in-situ on The Barrows, Heysham Coast from Saturday 1st September to Sunday 9th September with open public access during this time - this is an outdoor National Trust site. We hope you enjoy the sculpture and the beautiful, historic landscape. 
  • Visitors are advised to park in the Lancaster City Council (LA3 2RW) Pay and Display car park, that has a height barrier of 2m. There are 210 spaces with designated disabled parking. There is a short walk down Main Street in Heysham towards St Peter’s Church and the start of the National Trust walking route from where you will reach the artwork along the headland. Unfortunately the site is not fully accessible. For full access details see the National Trust statement on Access for Heysham Coast.
  • Visitors are also encouraged to consider parking at the pay and display, Battery Car Park (LA3 1DN) in Morecambe’s West End  and taking the gentle 30 minute walk to Settlement along the stunning Promenade with views across the Bay. Alternatively parking is available at Half Moon Bay Car Park, a short 7 minute coastal walk to the installation.
  • Why not make a longer trip to Heysham village and coast to enjoy the beautiful sandstone headland, renowned for its eighth-century chapel, rock hewn graves and peaceful woodland. This section of headland, looking out over Morecambe Bay is a popular walk amongst visitors and local people offering views, wildlife and a glimpse at the Saxon St Patrick’s Chapel ruins. There is a circular trail route which takes in the headland along with places of interest in the the historic Heysham village itself with, shops, cafes and a friendly village pub.
  • Please treat the natural environment with care and respect, clearing away litter and using pathways where appropriate.
  • Please also check weather conditions before travelling and come suitable dressed with suitable footwear and clothing for an exposed grassy outdoor site.

Artist Workshops: You can also sign up to two free workshops with the artist which will explore the traditional technique of metalsmithing and designing historic artefacts.

Settlement will tour to Birkrigg Common, from 15th September to 30th September.

One of five brand new artworks taking place around Morecambe Bay, Settlement is commissioned by Morecambe Bay Partnership as part of the Headlands to Headspace programme, funded by Heritage Lottery Fund.

With thanks to National Trust.

For any enquiries please contact the team.


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