Brits Rachel Whiteread and Roger Hiorns shortlisted for Lake District land art project

The shortlist of four finalists for a major new art installation, Deep Time: Commissions for the Lake District Coast, has been announced, with Turner-prize winner Rachel Whiteread among those in contention. 

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Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson, UK artist Roger Hiorns and Dutch designer Piet Oudolf are the other three names on the list. 

Deep Time: Commissions for the Lake District Coast is launching next spring. The winning artist will be commissioned for a “major public art piece for the West Cumbria coastline in north-west England”.

From this autumn, visitors will get a preview of the four proposed designs, starting at The Beacon Museum in Whitehaven from September 10, before moving to the Windemere Jetty Museum. They will also be available to view on the Deep Time website.

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Eskdale 2020. Photo (C) Sam Scales. Courtesy of Copeland Borough Council

The winning proposal will be announced after the culmination of the exhibitions. The project is a “key part of developing our experience economy,” says Sarah Mitchell, Copeland’s economic development manager.

On top of the main project, a series of smaller works have already been commissioned. Martin Boyce, Marcus Coates, Ryan Gander, Atelier Van Lieshout, Susan Philipsz and Yelena Popova will all contribute ‘coastal’ works, while Kate Davis, Issi Nanabeyin, Himali Singh Soin, Richard Skelton, Ruth Sutton will contribute written work. 

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St Bees, 2020. Photo (C) Sam Scales. Courtesy of Copeland Borough Council

The Art Newspaper reports Philipsz will develop a new work for Whitehaven Harbour — home to one of the oldest remaining coal wharves in the country — while Boyce is making a permanent piece for Silecroft Beach in southern Copeland.

The project is funded by a combination of the UK government’s Coastal Communities Fund, Arts Council England and Sellafield Ltd’s Six Social Impact, Multiplied programme, a government-led £2.2m regeneration fund. 

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