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An artist project by Alex Hartley produced by Situations, Bristol

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Project filmed and documented by David Bickerstaff

Nowhereisland is an artwork by Alex Hartley and was produced by Bristol-based arts organisation Situations. It caught the imagination of thousands of people across the world in 2012.

23,000 people from 90 countries signed up to be citizens, contributing to the online constitution and responding to the year-long Resident Thinkers programme. More than 20 schools and community groups across the South West helped to plan how to welcome Nowhereisland to their local port. Nowhereisland was an island which journeyed from the High Arctic region of Svalbard to the south west coast of England in summer 2012. As it made this epic journey, it travelled through international waters, whereupon it became the world's newest nation - Nowhereisland - with citizenship open to all. Over its year-long status as a nation, it accrued over 2,700 propositions to its online constitution, travelled 2,500 miles accompanied by its mobile Embassy and was greeted by thousands in ports and harbours around the south west coast of England.

On Sunday 9th September, the island left Bristol and the territory was dispersed amongst its citizens.

Nowhereisland was one of the 'Taking the Lead' projects for the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad funded by Arts Council England. With support from 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.

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