Reflections on the Ring: Art on The Worcestershire Waterways
Reflections on The Ring is a one-day symposium kindly hosted by The University of Worcester and made possible by the generous support of King's College London, The Institute of English Studies, and the Canal & River Trust.
Between March and October 2018, Worcestershire was host to a major contemporary arts programme,
Reflections on The Ring will offer much-needed time and space for artists, producers, directors, partners and stakeholders to reflect on the project as a whole; the impact it has had on local and national levels; and possible future directions and dialogues. The afternoon will include presentations from artist Katy Beinart, sculptor Rich White and poet Heather Wastie. Musician and sound artist Sam Underwood will be running a sound workshop using the 'listening devices' he crafted from flood waste as part of The Ring's programme, and poet Emily Wilkinson will be displaying her haiku pavement poetry inspired by the waterways.
Delegates will also have the opportunity to hear from Cathy Mager, Artistic Director of The Ring, Manda Graham, The Ring's Project Manager, Tim Eastop, Executive Producer of Arts on the Waterways, Professor Clare Lees, Director of the Institute of English Studies, and Dr Alex Loftus, lecturer in geography at King's College London.
The afternoon will focus on the ways in which contemporary public arts practice can foster connections and commonalities across time and space. Who and what do the artworks remember, how do they make space for different voices to tell their stories, how they do open up diverse ways of knowing the past in Droitwich and Worcester? There will be plenty of time for questions, debate and discussion throughout the afternoon.
Tea and coffee will be provided. From 6pm there will be a wine reception.
The event is open to all. Tickets are free but booking is essential.
Our symposium venue, the University of Worcester's brand new Art House, is fully wheelchair accessible. If you have any additional accessibility needs, or any dietary requirements, please contact Beth on firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss how we can support you.
Image courtesy of Canal & River Trust from The Ring.