A LAKE District-wide art exhibition is inviting visitors to peer through a viewing tunnel, step inside a giant kaleidoscope and experience the landscape through a camera obscura.

The ‘Reflective Moments’ exhibition marks the final stage of a three-year programme by Windermere Reflections (WR) to help improve water quality in the Windermere catchment.

The exhibition flows down through the catchment area, from Dunmail Raise to Fell Foot via Grasmere, Rydal, Ambleside and Windermere.

The week-long exhibition, which finishes on Saturday, includes workshops, events and temporary art installations created by Brough-based artist Steve Messam.

WR programme manager Liz Davey said the aim of the project was to “use art as a way of introducing environmental issues and connecting people to the landscape.”


At Dunmail Raise, a wartime pillbox has been transformed into a camera obscura – a fitted lens in one of the windows projects the view over Grasmere on to the opposite wall.

At Allan Bank, Grasmere, visitors can enter a Victorian viewing tunnel. There will be a chance to take aerial photos with Bryony Purvis at Fell Foot Park, which is also hosting ‘Drop’ – an instal-lation based on a raindrop.

Cumbrian artist Irene Sanderson hosted free workshops in Chinese landscape painting at Rydal Hall.

Borrans Park at Waterhead has seen the installation of a giant kaleidoscope looking out on Windermere.

On Windermere car ferry, visitors can create their own verse on magnetic boards and at Claife viewing station this weekend there will be an audible treasure hunt.