Explore our extraordinary and beautifully crafted upside-down world with a strong underwater theme. The uniquely fashioned corals exist inside and around two domes, you will find story pods, giant corals, and a relaxing coral garden.
The Undiscovered Island explores a creative response the ecological challenges facing warm & cold water coral reefs.
The Undiscovered Island is made up of two domes a 4m domes inside a 5m dome. It features large scale 3D printed corals, felted and traditionally crafted hyperbolic crochet corals that have been handmade by five Nottingham ‘Knit and Natter’ groups from St Anns, Bilborough, Strelly, Nottingham City, and Bulwell. Corals are interwoven into the installation with digital technology to create a truly engaging experience.
This installation gave us an opportunity to explore upcycling materials from industrial waste and using sustainable material in our studio design practices. As a result, 80% of the materials in the installation come from factory waste - scrap stores and donations and recyclable materials like pure wool and felted fabrics. Accompanying the installation is a small exhibition where visitors can learn more about what makes corals colorful and the amazing ways that scientists and people are responding to ecological challenges.
We strategically design our installations so they are flexible and fit into various venue sizes. The Coral Garden was made first and opened in February 2020 can be toured to smaller venues whilst the full installation of the Undiscovered Island which includes the Coral Garden tours to large venues opened in August 2021 at Lakeside Arts, Nottingham.
Tour Schedule 2021-22
- Lakeside Arts, Nottingham, UK- 17th Aug -5th Sept 2021
- Attenborough Arts Centre, Leicester- February 2022
- Lakeside Arts, Nottingham, UK- March 2022
Visitors to Undiscovered Island ....
'My little one doesn't always focus well and this really kept his attention. He is only 4 and was able to fully participate. As an adult I loved it! Thank you.'
'Fantastic work. Both children really enjoyed the experience. So did the adults!'
The creativity was incredible. Really enjoyable experience.'
'Brilliant - very enticing and powerful!'
Great thank you - nice to have sensory stuff - walking on different textures.
Artist & voice actress (MOIW)
The Learning resource accompanying the installation focus on KS1 & 2 levels.
It covers the formation of the corals reefs, the human, environmental impact and the what solutions are currently being employed. Together with STEAM activities using simple inexpensive electronics.
Undiscovered Island Mission
An imaginary underwater world with unique plants, birds, fish and giant corals that light up and sing – what's this? An undiscovered island! Let us decipher some mysterious messages and see what lays on this fantastic place. Online activity for 7-11 years.
Thanks and Acknowledgements: Grateful thanks to Thomas Hartman and Ellen Nisbet, Life Sciences, and the Institute for Policy and Engagement, University of Nottingham; and The Northern School of Art (BA Hons) Production Design for Stage and Screen Created in association with Lakeside Arts and the Mixed Reality Lab, the University of Nottingham and Nottingham City Council. Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.