Headlands to Headspace: Landscape Art Commissions: Morecambe Bay Partnership (MBP)

theCoLAB is Artistic Advisor to the Morecambe Bay Partnership for the commissioning of a series of site-specific work, both temporary and permanent along the 90 miles of Morecambe Bay as part of ‘Headlands to Headspace’ a Landscape Partnership Scheme generously funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.  A celebration of the natural archaeological and social heritage of the Bay with works inspired by its extraordinary land, sea and people.  In collaboration with Morecambe Bay Partnership.

Additionally: Longways & Crosswise is an immersive, outdoor site-specific dance performance taking place on the coastline of Morecambe Bay. Inspired by David Cox's provocative paintings of the crossings, join a cast of professional dancers and local participants as we imagine the stories and tales of those that once crossed the sands in the last of the light. Commencing an hour before sunset, together the audience and performers will witness the phenomenal transformation of the Bay at day’s end.

“ In its time, Morecambe Bay has seen drama, tragedy, artistry and not a few spectacular sunsets. Bundle all these aspects together into a one-hour dance performance and you have the essence of this breathtakingly beautiful production played out on the grassland between Silverdale village and its shoreline. It’s the creation of Lancaster-based choreographer Jenny Reeves, from the city’s About Time dance company, and choreology student Ellen Jeffrey. They have marshalled seven professional dancers, and 14 local participants, for just three performances of a dance piece that is part of Morecambe Bay Partnership’s current series of arts events.” - The British Theatre Life & - Lancashire Life

The commissioned projects are:

Morecambe Bay Partnership Conference 2019

Wednesday, 13 March 2019 from 10:00 to 16:30 (GMT), Lancaster, United Kingdom


  • Welcome, Richard Greenwood Chair, Morecambe Bay Partnership

  • All the latest news from the Partnership Chief Executive Susannah Bleakley

  • Unravelling the mysteries of Jenny Brown's Point, Simon Williams, local historian 

  • Natural Ambassadors, looking after roosting and nesting waders, Mike Douglas

  • "Under the Bracken", archaeological research, Louise Martin, Morecambe Bay Partnership

  • Great landscape art to celebrate the great landscape of the Bay, Claire Mander

  • "Not letting the Fishing Industry Go", Enlivening the Bay's heritage for a new generation, Michelle Cooper, Morecambe Bay Partnership

  • Eden Project North" Reimagining a seaside destination, world class and in tune" 

  • "The Seatruck Ferries story and lessons in the wider promotion of the Bay area" Alistair Eagles, CEO Seatruck Ferries.