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Peace Camp

20–22 July 2012, UK

Something extraordinary happened in the summer of 2012 as part of the London 2012 Festival.

Inspired by the Olympic Truce, whose roots date back to Ancient Greece, renowned director Deborah Warner was commissioned to create a coastal installation encircling the UK in collaboration with actor Fiona Shaw.

Eight murmuring, glowing encampments appeared simultaneously at some of our most beautiful and remote coastal locations, from County Antrim to the tip of Cornwall, from the Isle of Lewis to the Sussex cliffs. Designed to be visited between dusk and dawn, Peace Camp was a poignant exploration of love poetry and a celebration of the extraordinary variety and beauty of our coastline.

Alongside the live installations, the project also paints an audible portrait of the nation online. The people of the UK have nominated and recorded their favourite love poems and submited their own messages, creating an online anthology that celebrates our languages, dialects and accents as well as our rich poetic tradition. Make your contribution today and be part of this extraordinary project.


The soundscape, or 'poemscape', to the installation was a work of art in itself, composed by Mel Mercier. 


Artichoke has been working with over 400 children and young people, from the Isle of Skye to the tip of Cornwall, as part of the InTents education project linked to Peace Camp. Facilitated by some of the UK’s most outstanding artist-educators, groups of students at each participating school have chosen a love-related theme around which they have written poems and made immersive art installations.


Created by Deborah Warner in collaboration with Fiona Shaw

Soundscape by Mel Mercier

Sound design by John Del' Nero

Peace Camp was co-commissioned by London 2012 Festival and Derry-Londonderry City of Culture.


Image: Peace Camp at Cemaes Bay, Anglesey. Photo by Pete Carr.

Website: peacecamp2012.co.uk

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Major Partners

Partners and Sponsors

  • East Sussex County Council
  • Northumberland County Council
  • European Commission
  • Feast
  • Aberdeenshire Council
  • Clore Duffield Foundation
  • The Coats Foundation Trust
  • Penguin Books
  • Barefoot Wine
  • Maggs Bros Ltd
  • Atlas Arts
  • The Mercers' Company
  • Literature Wales
  • Angelesey County Council
  • Event Wales
  • The Poetry Society
  • Esmee Fairbairn
  • The John S Cohen Foundation
  • Aberdeenshire Council
  • Castle Air
  • Faber and Faber
  • South Downs National Park Authority
  • soulpad.co.uk
  • The Leatherseller's Company


Cuckmere Haven Seven Sisters, East Sussex, England

Godrevy Head Cornwall, England

Cemaes Bay Anglesey, Wales

White Park Bay County Antrim, Northern Ireland

Mussenden Temple and Downhill Demesne County Londonderry, Northern Ireland

Valtos Isle of Lewis, Scotland

Fort Fiddes, Castle Point Cullykhan Bay, Aberdeenshire, Scotland

Dunstanburgh Castle Craster, Northumberland, England


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