Atlas Arts




First There is a Mountain

Young man with a baby in a sling on his front builds a sand castle.

First There is a Mountain 2019. Image © Katie Paterson. First There is a Mountain is supported by the National Lottery through Creative Scotland and Arts Council England.

21 July 2019

3.00pm - 6.00pm

Glenbrittle Beach, Carbost, Isle of Skye IV47 8TA

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Join us for a special event to transform Glenbrittle Beach into sand mountains as part of artist Katie Paterson’s new participatory artwork First There is a Mountain.

The artist has created of a set of ‘buckets and spades’ in the form of world mountains. Each pail is a scale model of five of earth’s mountains: Mount Kilimanjaro (Africa), Mount Shasta (N. America), Mount Fuji (Asia), Stromboli (Europe), and Uluru (Oceania), nested together in a set.

Twenty-five new pieces of writing have been commissioned to accompany the project, corresponding to each beach location. The artist has invited Sophia Kingshill to write for Glenbrittle Beach. Her text, The Haunted Sea, will be read out as part of the event. The diverse writings connect with each locality, relating the artwork to the place, its people, its history and the wider geological context.

Get involved:

  1. Builder – Join us on the beach, get your buckets and spade and build the world’s mountains. All ages and abilities welcome.
  2. Spectator – Join us on the beach and watch as it is transformed into a new mountain range at the base of the Cuillin.
  3. Volunteer – If you’d like to help out why not volunteer (contact shona@atlasarts.org.uk to find out how.)

Low tide: 4.24pm
High tide: 9.57pm