First There is a Mountain

A person on a beach creates a range of small mountains from sand

White mountain shaped mould by Katie PatersonCollection of five mountain shaped bucket moulds by Katie Paterson


Offsite event: Katie Paterson – First There is a Mountain

Join 20-21 on Sunday 1 September at Cleethorpes Beach where we’ll be making sand-mountains as part of acclaimed artist Katie Paterson’s epic project to build miniature mountain ranges at beaches around the British Isles.

Katie Paterson has created a set of buckets in the form of world mountains. In a series of events taking place at twenty five locations across the UK she will invite members of the public to build sand mountain ranges. The work will play out the world’s natural geography and geology against the sea’s tidal times, as each mountain is formed and eroded within the cycle of a day. Each pail is a scale model of one of five mountains: Mount Kilimanjaro (Africa), Mount Shasta (N. America), Mount Fuji (Asia), Stromboli (Europe), and Uluru (Oceania), nested together in a set.

Choreographed over the period of daylight saving time during British Summer Time, from 31 Mar–27 Oct 2019, the artwork will tour to twenty-five high profile coastal art organisations around the UK including Whitstable Biennial, Tate St Ives, Fruitmarket and Turner Contemporary.

First There is a Mountain connects world mountains to the smallest grains of sand. The artwork invites people to slow down and consider the interconnectedness of the world, from shifting coastlines across millennia, to our own eroding coastline.

To accompany the project Katie has commissioned a new piece of writing for each location. ‘Suspended’ by Irish Book Award winner Brian Dillon will be read out at the event and later published online.

Meet at the east end of the beach adjacent to Cleethorpes Leisure Centre DN35 0BY from 1pm. We’ll be making sandcastles until around 3pm. 

If you wish to attend please Click here to register your details for free on Eventbrite.

Further details about the project and other locations across the UK can be found on the First There Is A Mountain website.