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Cymerau World Water Day: what happened?

Mon 23 Mar 2015 11:59:41 | 2 comments
Yesterday was World Water Day 2015 and the four Hydrocitizenship teams (Lee Valley, Bristol, Shipley, mid Wales) staged water themed activities in their case study areas.

The Cymerau team put on a day long event at the Centre for Alternative Technology, where we met with artists connected to Borth and Tal-y-bont.

The aim of the event was to provide local artists with an insight into the Hydrocitizenship project and to give them a broad understanding of our proposed year of water related activity, our Water Map (Sept 2015 - August 2016). We are inviting artists to submit proposals for work that might take place during the year and this event hopefully gave them an idea of some of the things that might be possible.

The day was broken into four parts:

1) Introductions: A confluence of artists
2) Hydrocitizenship themes: Water, Participation, Citizenship
3) Cymerau: Creating a Water Map in Borth and Tal-y-bont
4) Group Work: Imagining creative responses

By the end of the day the gathered artists had generated some really interesting ideas and hopefully made connections with one another that they will follow up later. As a team, we made a lot of discoveries about the different ways that artists work with and approach 'participation'. I think it would be good to follow up this event with some one to one conversations with the artists involved in order to get a better sense of what they think about this term within the context of their work. It would be interesting to develop a shared local language.

Two questions occur to me:

1) In what ways are local artists working with 'participation'?
2) How are local artists working with water?

Later I will put up further posts about some of the conversations that we had during the day.

But for now, here are some pictures - taken by Sara Penrhyn Jones. 


Enjoying the Spring sunshine!


Artists reflecting.


Developing proposals


Chatting over lunch

More on this to follow!!

Comments

Wish I'd known about this event. I didn't see it advertised locally in Machynlleth. Sound like a really exciting and productive day. How do artists submit proposals for possible activities?
Hi Carmel, sorry you missed it! Here is a link to the project website. This page also contains an application form and hopefully all the details that you need to be able to apply. If you have any questions then you can get in touch with Shelagh Hourahane or Sara Penrhyn Jones - both are members of this community. http://www.cymerau.org/galwad-i-artistiaid-artist-call.html



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