Katie Paterson, 'First There is a Mountain'

Katie Paterson, ‘First There is a Mountain’, 2019


31 March 2019, 15:00-17:00
Leysdown Main Beach, Leysdown-on-Sea, Isle of Sheppey
Free. For more information call 01227 824350
or info@whitstablebiennale.com

Join us for a special event to transform the beach into sand mountains as part of artist Katie Paterson's new participatory artwork First There is a Mountain.

First There is a Mountain invites the public to sculpt beaches into mountains of sand to form micro-geologies, using specially created 'bucket and spade' sets which are scale models of famous mountains: Mount Kilimanjaro (Africa), Mount Shasta (USA), Mount Fuji (Asia), Stromboli (Europe) and Uluru (Oceania). These sets will be available to use on the day.

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Artwork will tour to twenty-five high-profile venues and their local sandy beaches over British Summer Time 2019, for a series of one-off events, creating a time-based topographical map orchestrated against a backdrop of tidal times. Twenty-five new texts responding to each coastal location have been produced by celebrated writers, which will be read aloud at the start of each event.

First There is a Mountain connects diverse world mountains to the smallest grains of sand. It relates to deep time; holding the world's geography in your hands, and geology collapsing and connecting within your hands. Connecting the archipelago via one water, one tide, one sand; carrying mountains of sand across time.

Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums and Creative Learning- Aberdeen City Council, An Lanntair, Artecology & Quay Arts at Hullabaloo, ATLAS Arts, Comar, Focal Point Gallery, Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Grundy Art Gallery, MOSTYN, Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange, Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Scarborough Art Gallery, Taigh Chearsabhagh Museum and Arts Centre, Tate St Ives, The Customs House, The Fruitmarket Gallery, The National Trust & The Atkinson, The National Trust & Berwick Visual Arts, The National Trust & CCA Derry-Londonderry, The National Trust at Studland Bay, The Pier Arts Centre, Tide and Time Museum, Turner Contemporary, Whitstable Biennale, 20-21 Visual Arts Centre.