The Broads Authority has been leading the way with a series of projects to engage the public with the Broads National Park via its Heritage Lottery funded scheme known as Water, Mills and Marshes. Its latest initiative has been named ‘Woven Waters’ and will see six local artists creating artistic responses to locations in the Broads which are important to them.
Each artist will create a series of art works for the Woven Waters exhibition at Norwich Cathedral’s Hostry by the end of the year.
The selected artists are: Hazel Burgess, Kate Walker, Keziah Philipps, Lizzie Kimbley, Nicola Hockley, and Niki Medlik. Their disciplines range from textile to animation, audio to oil paints. As they journey through their places of inspiration and spend time in the landscape creating their artistic responses, each one will keep a diary. By the time of the exhibition each artist will have the tale of their art work and chosen location displayed in a beautiful journal for members of the public to read and be inspired by.
Overseeing the exhibition and weaving together the stories of the individual artists is local curator, Caroline Fisher. Caroline has developed a particular interest in commissioning and exhibiting contemporary art in historic places and in exploring multidisciplinary subject matter. She will be liaising with the artists and embarking upon a creative challenge of her own, curating an exhibition using their diverse mediums to inspire the public to fall in love with the Broads National Park as a creative landscape.
Most importantly of all, the journeys which the artists take will be mapped for members of the public to find and walk themselves in the hope that they too can find inspiration and creativity in the very different landscapes of the Broads National Park.
Project Manager, Anna Collingbourne, said of the project:
"The Broads Authority is so excited to be working with these diverse artists and to be given the chance to experience the National Park through their work. Each artist is interacting with the landscape in very different ways, from a textile artist dying her materials using the flora of her chosen place to another burying the metal which she will use under the ground of her Broads location so that it takes on the patina and essence of the earth it was buried in. Each medium challenges our perception of the Broads National Park and the way we interact with it in very exciting ways."
Curator, Caroline Fisher, said:
“I am very excited to go out into the Broads over the coming months, visit sites as diverse as Wheatfen in the west of the National Park and the Angles Way in the east to see at first-hand how the artists have found inspiration for their work. I hope that the public will find out about the Woven Waters project and might want to visit the sites themselves. We will put together a Woven Waters publication, including a map, which will allow people to go to some of the sites and see where the artists have spent their time. I hope that the public will enjoy seeing the pieces of art produced at the Hostry in December, but will also want to put on their wellies and go and explore the Broads National Park for themselves”
Each month the Broads Authority will be featuring a different artist profile on the Visit the Broads blog page, where they will discuss their work and how the Broads inspires their art. Find the first in the series featuring curator Caroline Fisher at: www.visitthebroads.co.uk/the-blog
To find out more about the project visit https://watermillsandmarshes.org.uk/
Tuesday 9 April 2019