THE hunt is on for residents from the county to participate in a mass gathering as part of an outdoor event in Dorset's Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Dorset’s Activate Performing Arts and arts company Walk the Plank want to recruit 1,000 people to come together with artists to create a unique outdoor artwork.

In the planned choreography people will hold lights along paths and waterways and be filmed from a distance.

The artwork will form a new way of seeing the landscape within Dorset and hopes to inspire people to care for the planet for future generations in a project titled Green Space Dark Skies.

A total of 20 events will be taking place across the UK in different areas of outstanding natural beauty at exact locations not unveiled to the public until after the event.

Kate Wood, executive and artistic director of Activate Performing Arts said: “We are thrilled to be a part of Green Space Dark Skies, part of the Unboxed programme.

“We’ll be providing an opportunity for hundreds of people of all abilities to be involved in the project in the beautiful setting of the Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty – and millions more will be able to watch a beautifully curated film this summer.”

The Dorset event is set to take place on Saturday, June 11 with organisers looking for people, known as lumenators, to carry smart lights, which are sensitive to the nighttime environment, along pathways and waterways.

The digital choreography will then be captured on film and available to watch online afterwards.

John Wassell, a creative producer at Walk the Plank, the lead organisation behind the project, said: “Green Space Dark Skies is about class and landscape, race and landscape, disability and landscape.

“We want to build more countryside stewards for the future, and to inspire more people to see the connection between their use and enjoyment of the land and our care for the planet.

“The moment when darkness falls, and we switch the lights off, is going to be the most important collective act of connection between people and nature within each event.”

The first gathering will be in the Peak District National Park on April 23, followed by others around the country including the one in Dorset in June.

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