REFLECT at Bude Sea Pool

An exciting October weekend of sound, light, music and art will bring the local community, regional and international artists together to explore the connection between coastal living and wellbeing.


Through a series of briefings, talks and workshops REFLECT aims to bring people together to discuss their own lived experiences and connections to the coast. The project will culminate in a large-scale outdoor sound and light event. REFLECT aims to compare the impact of coastal living on resident’s mental health in two vastly contrasting coastal communities; Bude, North Cornwall and Gravesham, Kent.

Each event will present the stories and findings from the local area in an iconic coastal location. Using the dramatic cliffs and 91-meter sea pool in Bude, REFLECT offers collaborators and spectators an opportunity to reflect on their own relationship with the sea and their mental health.



4th to 6th October

Plus Timothy Crowley & Kate Ogley / Local Folk Singing / Community Groups
Times: 3 entry slots per night. From 7.15pm (sundown 7pm)
Location: At Sea Pool

A sound and light event that brings the Sea Pool to life in its beach huts and the cliffs surrounding the pool.


Internationally acclaimed artist Ulf Pedersen’s work sees a large-scale projection inspired by Bude on the cliff face which, when the water is in, will be reflected into the pool, accompanied by a subtle soundscape.


The beach huts will also be transformed with beautiful light colourations, making them into artworks in their own right. Step inside the beach huts to enjoy an intimate live folk gig and a new soundscape inspired by the sea and coastal living by Cornish artists Timothy Crowley and Kate Ogley. Plus, community groups create their own Sonic Journeys inspired by the coast.

5th & 6th October

Times: 11 am and 3 pm

Location: Meeting Place – The Hub Bude Sea Pool to continue along the SW Coast Path


Singing and walking are two things proven to be good for our wellbeing.
We bring these to the restorative coastal path, with groups meeting at The Hub to be led on a walk accompanied by Seamas Carey, Choir leader of Cornish, all-inclusive, cross-generational male voice choir MEN ARE SINGING.

Listen to Seamas HERE


The following individual events are open to all at all times during the weekend of the event.


4th to 6th October

Times: all day each day

Location: Summerleaze Downs


Anyone can enter this seaside soundscape housed in a beach hut looking out to sea. Visitors are encouraged to write down what the sea means to them either in a visitor book and on the beach hut itself, creating bespoke public artwork for Bude.



4th to 6th October

Times: all day each day

Location Summerleaze Downs


Coastal path benches have been decorated by local artists and community groups in response to the location and project. Visitors are encouraged to take time out on their own or with others to enjoy their work and contemplate the sea view.


Artists and community groups involved:

Granite and Glitter create a life-sized seal to sit beside made from reclaimed wetsuits.


Ruth Purdy wraps a bench in mirror-like material to then document through photography.


Josie Purcell uses the alternative and historic printing process, the Cyanotype, to create images from both found and natural objects, alongside Bude’s history, for weatherproof cushions. Budehaven School Art Students and Blend Youth Group will also decorate coastal path benches.

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