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Nowhereisland arrives in Weymouth

  • Date: 28 July 2012
  • Area: South West
Nowhereisland arrives

Nowhereisland arrives in Weymouth. Credit: Max McClure

On Wednesday 25 July, Nowhereisland arrived in Weymouth welcomed by hundreds of people who had gathered to welcome this new nation. Citizens marched with their constitutional propositions, ambassadors guided the island in with flares and live musicians accompanied storytellers.

Nowhereisland is an Artists Taking the Lead project funded by Arts Council England and is part of the Cultural Olympiad. It is a floating island sculpture on a journey round the coast of the south west of England accompanied by its mobile embassy packed full of intriguing objects and information, and hosted by the Nowhereisland ambassadors. It is the world's newest nation with citizenship open to all.

Nowhereisland is an artwork by Alex Hartley  produced by arts organisation, Situations and has caught the imagination of thousands of people across the world. 1000s of people from all over the world have signed up to be citizens, contributing to the online constitution and responding to the year long resident thinkers programme. More than 20 schools and community groups across the south west have been involved in the project.

On its coastal journey, Nowhereisland will visit eight ports and harbours, where it will be hosted by choirs, bands citizen marches, a flotilla of surfers, gig rowers, sea shanty singers and thousands of people on cliff tops, beaches, harbours and promenades.

Find out more about Nowhereisland's journey at the Nowhereisland website.