First There is a Mountain at Seahouses

Visitors walking on the beach at Seahouses

This Summer the National Trust is participating in Katie Paterson’s national artwork ‘First There is a Mountain’.

The artwork will tour twenty-five high profile coastal art venues around the UK, who will each stage a sand pail building event on their local beach.

This artwork will be at St Aidan’s Beach, Seahouses, on 4 August and you are invited to help sculpt St Aidan’s beach into thousands of mountains of sand to form micro-geologies.

Join in, slow down and consider the interconnectedness of the world, from shifting coastlines across millennia, to our own changing coastline.

Katie Paterson: First There is a Mountain from Katie Paterson on Vimeo.

Fifty sets of buckets and spades will be available to use on the day. The ‘buckets’ are specially created hollow scale models of five of the world’s most famous mountains: Mount Kilimanjaro (Africa), Mount Shasta (North America), Mount Fuji (Asia), Stromboli (Europe), and Uluru (Oceania).

25 writers have been invited to write a text, one for each location of the tour. Katie Paterson has invited Alastair Bonnett to create the text for Seahouses, which will be read aloud on the day.

How to take part:

1. Take part in building the mountain ranges as a participant, all ages and abilities welcome! 45 minute slots available at 1pm, 2pm and 3pm. Book your free tickets here.

2 . As a viewer – come and watch St Aidan’s Beach beach transform into a mountain range and watch as the tide carries the mountains into the sea at the end of the day.

If you would like to follow this artwork as it travels around the country keep up to date via the First There is a Mountain project website.

First There is a Mountain is supported by the National Lottery through Creative Scotland and Arts Council England. This event is being delivered by National Trust Northumberland Coast in partnership with Berwick Visual Arts.