Myths for a Wetlands Imaginary

Image courtesy ; a place, of their own.
; a place, of their own. performing in Walthamstow as part of a residency with Arts Catalyst, November 2019; Photo by Samuel Capps
; a place, of their own. performance in Walthamstow as part of a residency with Arts Catalyst, November 2019; Photo by Samuel Capps
; a place, of their own. performance in Walthamstow as part of a residency with Arts Catalyst, November 2019; Photo by Samuel Capps

Join us at Winns Gallery in Walthamstow on the 23 November for a multi-media interactive exhibition by ; a place, of their own. as part of Art Assembly, a one-day festival from Waltham Forest London Borough of Culture 2019 and Art Fund. 

 
Visitors will have the chance to explore the wetlands imaginary, featuring an audiovisual installation of Myths for a Wetlands Imaginary, interactive digital maps, and displays of research about global wetlands in popular culture, developed throughout the residency by ; a place, of their own. in collaboration with workshop participants. The exhibition features contributions from artist Gary Stewart (Dubmorphology), writer Season Butler and Noongar artist Rod Garlett. 
 
12pm – Event opens. All aspects are open and accessible between 12 - 5pm. 
1pm – Rod Garlett film screening Noongar Boodja Wangkiny (Our Land in Talking) 
1:30pm – Searching for your Global Wetland digital mapping.
3pm – Talk - Ian Crump Biodiversity Officer Walthamstow Wetlands/Thames Water.
3:15pm – Rod Garlett film screening Noongar Boodja Wangkiny  (Our Land in Talking).
3:30pm – Cat's Cradle String Figure activity.
4:00pm – Artists in-conversation with Arts Catalyst.
5pm – Event closes.
 
ABOUT THE PROJECT
 
With thousands around the world, wetlands are one of the planet's most important places and ecosystems, but also one of the most endangered. In the struggle to find ways to understand and to respond to the climate crisis, this series of events for the Art Assembly led by artists ; a place, of their own., suggests that wetlands around the world offer a new imaginary for these times - a new way to think and to imagine other ways to live, and to relate to the earth.
 
Developed through a residency at Walthamstow Wetlands Centre, Myths for a Wetlands Imaginary is a performative inquiry into global wetlands loss and an exploration of resistant wetland imaginaries, led by art and spatial practice duo ; a place, of their own.
 
The project considers approaches to the ecological crisis that has led to the loss of up to 75% of the world’s wetlands, against the backdrop of Walthamstow Wetlands. Through a collective process of producing maps, stories and myths, the artists wish to develop a ‘global wetlands imaginary’ as an  ecological imaginative space for human and non-human co-existence, and as a metaphor for new forms of multispecies solidarity. 
 
The project builds on ;a place, of their own.’s work with Arts Catalyst exploring ideas of decolonisation, borders, geopower and extraction.
 
SUPPORT
 
Supported by Art Fund and Waltham Forest London Borough of Culture 2019.