Settlement at Birkrigg Common (part of Festival of the Bay 2018)

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Sat, 15 Sep 2018 9:30 to Sun, 30 Sep 2018 21:30

Settlement at Birkrigg Common (part of Festival of the Bay 2018)

A temporary public artwork by Rob Mulholland (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 15th September  - Sunday 30th September, 9am - 8pm

Where: Close to the Trig Point of Birkrigg Common, Urswick, near Ulverston (Grid Reference SD 28343 74220)

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 at Birkrigg Common from Saturday 15th September to Sunday 30th September with open public access during this time. We hope you enjoy the sculpture and the beautiful, historic landscape. Please treat the natural environment with care and respect, clearing away litter and using pathways where appropriate.
  • Visitors are advised to visit Settlement as part of walk on Birkrigg Common. We suggest parking at Ulverston Sands Car Park, LA12 9QU6 and taking the approximately 20-30 minute walk to the artwork, located close-by to the trig point of the Common - Grid Reference SD 28343 74220. Additional car parking is available along the A5087 coast road, from where visitors can walk up the Common to the trig point. Please bring a map and compass for navigation purposes if you are unfamiliar with the Common as there is no signage on site.
  • Please also check weather conditions before travelling and come dressed for the weather, wearing suitable footwear and clothing for an exposed grassy outdoor site.
  • While at Birkrigg Common, visitors can take in the concentric stone circle, known locally as the Druid’s Circle, thought to have been used for ceremonial purposes. From Birkrigg you can also enjoy the stunning vistas of Morecambe Bay from viewpoints across the Common.


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 South Lakeland District Council and The Crown Estate.

For any enquiries please contact the team.


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