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Ports and Harbours


Nowhereisland's visit to Torquay was filled with stormy skies, pirates and brave bathers.

Moored just off Haldon Pier, the island sat broodily in the harbour, whilst hundreds of visitors met the Ambassadors. These are just some of the impressions: 

"Bumpy and flat, grey and fishy, weird and cold. It doesn't want to be alone."

North met south here where the concept of shifting geology and landscapes is particularly relevant considering the area's Global Geopark status. Supported by UNESCO, Geoparks around the world celebrate the stories of their rocks which are of international acclaim.  So here in Torquay, Nowhereisland was surrounded by rocks that have travelled in the opposite direction from south of the equator over a period of 400 million years! To find out more about the English Riviera Global Geopark visit


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Nowhereisland is a Situations project led by artist Alex Hartley, one of 12 Artist Taking the Lead projects for the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad funded by Arts Council England. We also gratefully acknowledge the support of the University of the West of England, Bristol; Bloomberg; Nicky Wilson Jupiter Artland; the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs; the Royal Norwegian Embassy and Yellowbrick Tracking.

Identity designed by Fraser Muggeridge studio and Wolfram Wiedner, website by Wolfram Wiedner.