“How will you go about finding that thing the nature of which is totally unknown to you?” — Plato

The Art Of Getting Lost was an interactive and immersive experience that debuted at the inaugural Plymouth Art Weekender, 2015, and combined a hand drawn map, audio, land art and wandering.

All you needed was our free map, access to our Soundcloud profile on your mobile, headphones, and a desire to get lost.

Audience members could download and print the map, or pick it up from various locations across Plymouth, to discover the seven places where they could listen to letters and participate in temporary interventions using objects found in the natural world. All but the final stop are still available to play.

The experience took 45 minutes, plus time in terra incognita, as people walked, cycled, skated, bused, or drove between locations. The last stop was marked with a key; but the audience was encouraged to start wherever they wanted and visit locations in any order, or even over a few days. There was no one route; following your own path was part of the experience.

About Plymouth Art Weekender

Plymouth Art Weekender is an ambitious three-day event celebrating visual art across the city and promoting Plymouth as a contemporary art destination.

The 2015 programme featured more than 100 artists including Grayson Perry, Mary Kelly, Gerhard Richter, Ivan Chermayeff, Gillian Wearing, Tim Etchells and Richard Woods.

The Weekender website and Art Map showcases a wide range of activity from large scale exhibitions and participatory events for all ages. These are complimented by public art, talks, music, film, workshops, community projects and artists taking over empty spaces across the city.


The Art Of Getting Lost is an artist-led project.

Devised, written and voiced by Hannah Wood.

Art and design by Alan Qualtrough.

Sound design by Belinda Dixon and Jo Loosemore.

Music ‘Before The Second Dawn’ by Richard Lacy, David Bird, Terry Maskill and Richard Kimmings.

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The project is also archived on Google Maps below.