DORSET Moon, a celebration at three locations of the 50th anniversary of the moon landings, attracted crowds of more than 41,000 people and was reported around the world.
Luke Jerram’s massive installation, Museum of the Moon, was shown at St Peter’s Church, Sherborne Abbey and Nothe Fort, Weymouth, with programmes of visual art, music and other cultural activities at all three venues. Almost 10,000 people viewed the Bournemouth Moon, just under 18,000 at Sherborne Abbey and about 13,000 at Nothe Fort.
Dorset Moon was a collaboration between three Dorset arts festivals – Inside Out Dorset (produced by Activate), b-side and Bournemouth Arts by the Sea. As well as visitors from across Dorset and further afield, there were media reports in the USA, China and Germany.
“Dorset Moon far exceeded the expectations of the Dorset Festivals Consortium,” says Kate Wood, artistic director of Activate. “The international reach online has highlighted our county as a place where truly extraordinary events take place.”
Alan Rogers, executive director of b-side highlighted the diversity of the Dorset Moon audience, and the wide range of interpretation it inspired, “from the happy vibe of a silent disco where the moon was used as a scenic backdrop, to a thought-provoking call to action to reduce our carbon footprint for the people taking part in Carrie Mason’s performative drawing, Pledge, to individuals using Museum of the Moon as a jumping off point for deeper contemplation, especially when the brighter, real moon was in the sky at the same time.”
Director of Bournemouth Arts by the Sea, Andrea Francis said: “It was wonderful to see people of all ages enjoying a quiet moment of reflection on their own, learning some moon-related facts in one of our fascinating talks, or enjoying a silent disco together under the moon.”
Dorset Moon was commissioned by the Arts Development Company with funding from European Regional Development Fund and Arts Council England.
Museum of the Moon makes its final Dorset appearance, at Dorchester Corn Exchange, from 19th to 21st July, as part of the Moonbury Rings celebrations.
Pictured: The crowds enjoying Museum of the Moon in Nothe Fort.