From time to time Waveney & Blyth Arts organises one-day events exploring a particular theme or issue relevant to this area and to the individuals and organisations that make up the membership.
A RIVER RUNS THROUGH IT
Wednesday 25th April 2018
10am – 3.45pm
The Ivy House Country Hotel, Ivy Lane, Oulton Broad, Suffolk NR33 8HY
Be inspired by the river – discover how rivers shape the landscape and the communities that dwell around them, and how artist-led projects can encourage us to explore, understand and protect this important heritage.
The day will feature fascinating and inspiring speakers from the environmental, academic and arts worlds.
Illustrated presentations by:
Prof Tom Williamson, Professor of History at University of East Anglia, a landscape historian and author, awarded the British Academy’s Landscape Archaeology Medal in 2017 on Rivers as place makers
Charles Rangeley–Wilson,writer, photographer and fisherman. Author of The Silt Road, Somewhere Else and The Accidental Angler. Contributor of river and fishing articles to Country Life. Vice president of the Wild Trout Trust on Reflecting on water
Dr Jos Smith, Lecturer in Contemporary Literature, School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing, University of East Anglia. Poet and author of The New Nature Writing: Rethinking the Literature of Place, and specialist in the work of arts and environmental charity Common Ground on The influence of Common Ground and Confluence
Artists working in a variety of media explain their response to rivers :
Ruth Wharrier – botanical painter and tutor working in watercolour and gouache; Diploma in Botanical Illustration from the Chelsea Physic Garden, London
Joanna Guthrie – a poet and writer whose first poetry collection Billack’s Bones was published by Rialto in 2006; second collection, Water Person Kit, is just completed. She wrote the libretto for Waveney & Blyth Arts’ Translated by Reeds. Her poem River, Post-spate was commended in the 2017 Resurgence/ Poetry School Eco-Poetry Prize.
Karen Wimhurst – composer, clarinettist and educator, with works ranging from chamber music to music theatre, bridging jazz, folk and contemporary classical ensembles. She wrote the music for Common Ground’s Confluence project and W&BAs’ Translated by Reeds.
Simon Hooton, Broads Authority, will introduce the Water, Mills and Marshes Landscape Partnership Scheme
Nicky Stainton on Waveney & Blyth Arts’ forthcoming river-themed events over the summer months
And musical interlude from the Sensing Nature Ensemble.
Essential for anyone involved in conservation or river-based heritage, landscape artists in all media, ecowarriors of all ages and anyone who loves being in, on, or near rivers.
It will take place in the beautiful setting of The Ivy House Country Hotel. This is a hidden gem nestled on the banks of Oulton Broad amongst 21 acres of gardens, lawns, ponds, marshes, and thatched barns, with direct access onto the broads
Tickets: £40 including lunch and refreshments and optional post-conference guided walk on Carlton Marshes nature reserve; £5 discount for Early-Bird bookings before 18 March, and for members of Waveney & Blyth Arts.
To book: [email protected] or phone 01502 501353
ARTS IN ADVERSITY – TURNING CHALLENGES INTO OPPORTUNITIES
18th January 2018 at The Cut, Halesworth.
On 18th January 70 people representing 55 arts, culture and heritage organisations from across Norfolk and Suffolk attended this workshop-conference with speakers from Arts Council England, Norfolk and Suffolk County Councils and many local organisations.
Ironically, the organisers were immediately faced by adversity as the overnight winds had brought down power cables, and the venue was without electricity. However, swiftly turning this challenge into an opportunity the action was moved from the pitch-black auditorium into the Cafe/Concourse and carried on without recourse to power-point presentations, lights or microphones. To some this was a blessed relief, and it certainly added to the ‘all in this together’ character of the day.
There was an exciting buzz of conversation in breaks and between presentations, and during the final Ideas Buzz session the sound was almost deafening. There were a great many positive comments on the day, and the completed feedback forms (from almost 50% of those attending) indicated that 80% rated the day as 4/5 or 5/5, which was very pleasing.
For those who could not attend, or were there but did not take notes, there is a very comprehensive Conference Report containing the various presentations and notes from the workshops and discussion sessions, as well as links to documents and organisations referenced during the day. You can access a pdf of the report here Arts in Adversity Conference Report v3