Installation Art and Summer Festivals

As we approach the end of term, we thought we would pull together some thoughts about installation art and the use of it at summer festivals, particularly as Winchester and the surrounding area offers a rich choice of festivals, including the long running Hat Fair.

Festivals aren’t just about the music, but encompass art, installation, craft, holistic therapies, decor, light shows, sideshows, circus acts, street theatre…and still so much more!

Boomtown is a local festival held on the Matterley Estate, Winchester, and its décor art is second to none.  The festival is somewhat like being on a film set, which changes dramatically depending on which area you are in: the Wild West and Old Town; the murky depths of Down Town or the fancy Mayfair!


Sculpture is always featured at festivals and it seems to just keep getting bigger and better! From hay and willow sculptures, to scrap metal and junk futuristic creatures you’re bound to spot them in the woodland and craft areas, or you’ll come across them all over, each tailored to suit that particular area or festival theme. One memorable interactive sculpture installation is certainly Arcadia’s gigantic spider! Holding a DJ in its underbelly, with moving light up eyes and flame throwers above its head, the spider is a huge piece of engineering art.


I’m a massive fan of light art and installation, like a moth to a flame! Festivals come alive at night and the various modes of lighting makes it pretty magical. Interactive installations you can play in, tree formed tunnels with sound and light, celebration fire shows, light projection shows and beautiful installations and sculptures, which change the environment around them in to a fantastical land, are all there to be enjoyed.

If you haven’t got one booked in to your Summer plans yet, then I would recommend doing so quickly!

For resources on installation art, go to 709.04074 in Library One.


To find a festival which takes your fancy, head to or here’s some local suggestions below:


Robynne Willowby, June 2016