Ilfracombe gears up for visit by the Nowhereisland

First pictures released of Cultural Olympiad floating public artwork.

THE first pictures have been released of the floating Nowhereisland art project that will be calling in at Ilfracombe this September.

The London 2012 Cultural Olympiad project saw artist Alex Hartley take an group to Svalbard in the High Arctic to collect part of a real island and turn it into a sculpture to be towed around the coast of the UK.

Ilfracombe Arts College sixth formers Charlie Logan and Lydia Malone were part of that expedition and the rather unique art project became part of the college year.

Nowhereisland is intended as a symbolic territory representing thousands across the world. On its journey south, the visiting island passed through International Waters and was declared ‘a new nation’ with citizenship is open to all.

A week before the end of term the Ilfracombe college declared a ‘Nowhereisland day’ which included a visit by Alex, a preview of the Nowhereisland Embassy - a mobile museum of artefacts and resources which tells its story, plus presentations and concerts.

The island itself will arrive in Ilfracombe on Saturday, September 1 and remain until September 4, forming part of the sights for this year’s Sea Ilfracombe Festival. College staff and students will be heavily involved in the festival and several have become ‘Nowhereisland Ambassadors’.

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Deputy headteacher Paul Swailes said to be involved in the 2012 project had been ‘truly worthwhile and memorable’:

“We have been delighted though not surprised with the positive way students and staff have embraced this project,” he said.

Find out more about the project at

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