Test Sites: Calder Valley

Test Sites Calder Valley
Ruth Levene, Hidden Waters, video still (2015)

Test Sites is Arts Catalyst’s series of inquiries into matters of concern connected with environmental change – such as flooding, pollution, and species loss – and their impact on local culture and the health and wellbeing of our ecosystems and ourselves. At each site, we are inviting local people and groups to be part of art-led co-inquiries, working with artists, scientists, and other experts.

In the Calder Valley, we are working with artist Ruth Levene, artist group Coney and medical anthropologist Megan Clinch, in partnership with the Canal and River Trust, to research water governance in relation to health, wellbeing and the resilience of communities and ecologies.

In Summer 2017, we are made two research journeys by narrowboat along the Calder/Hebble navigation, meeting local people, river/canal users, and experts with interests in water, the history of the river and canal, and water governance. The project will gather pace during 2018 and 2019 with creative activities, workshops, and exhibitions.

Kicking off our activities in 2018:

A workshop on adventures and games with lovely impact
presented by Coney

Sunday 22 April, 10am-1pm
Mirfield, a secret location

Soon, we will land in Mirfield with Arts Catalyst for a weekend. And if you are interested in making or playing fun things which might have a lovely impact for a community, we are delighted to invite you to a free workshop sharing some of our games, techniques, and in particular, one secret…

To sign up for this free workshop, send a text message to 07481336988 saying I’M IN MIRFIELD and we will confirm the time and location

Coney are artists and makers of interactive theatre, adventures and games, a BAFTA-winning agency who make play happen all over the UK.


Image: Design by An Endless Supply