What happened when artists met at CAT on World Water Day?

Yesterday was World Water Day 2015 and the four Hydrocitizenship teams (Lee Valley, Bristol, Shipley, mid Wales) staged water themed activities in their local 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. 

Jony Easterby, Esther Tew and Nick Jones

Ariana Jordao and Rosie Strang

Reuben Knutson and Ffion Jones

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