Workshop | Myths for a Wetlands Imaginary

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Join us for a free, storytelling workshop led by the Sheffield-based art and spatial practice duo ; a place, of their own. (Sam Vardy and Paula McCloskey) in collaboration with Season Butler at the Wathamstow Wetlands Centre. 

As part of a new project working with an artist duo ; a place, of their own., in partnership with Waltham Borough of Culture, we are bringing together individuals and groups from the Walthamstow area to collectively reflect on ecology and environment.

Considering approaches to climate change and the environment against the backdrop of Walthamstow Wetlands – within the context of the ecological crisis that has led to the loss of up to 75% of the world's wetlands – the artists wish to develop a 'Global Wetlands Imaginary' as a framework through which to explore new forms of human and non-human co-existence. The participants will contribute to a collective mapping and storytelling session addressing global ecological challenges, i.e. the loss of wetlands. 

The workshop will be formed of three parts:

  • A guided walk around the wetlands with environmental officers and experts from Walthamstow Wetlands, informed by a Nyoongar (indigenous Australian) approach to caring for wetlands.
  • Back in the Wetlands Visitor Centre, the group will investigate, map and discuss different Ramsar wetland sites from various global geographies.
  • Finally, participants are invited to write/draw/devise their own story for a wetland of their choice guided by writer and artist Season Butler.

The results of the workshop will become part of an exhibition on 23 November at Winns Gallery as part of Art Assembly 2019, a one-day festival brought to you by Art Fund and Waltham Forest to explore how art can make a difference.

Light refreshments will be provided including vegan cake provided by Hornbeam Community Cafe & Environment Centre using organic, fresh, locally produced and surplus ingredients. Please wear appropriate, warm clothing.

Season Butler is a writer, artist dramaturg, and lecturer in Performance Studies and Creative Writing. Her writing, research and art practice centre around intersectionality and narratives of otherness, isolation and negotiations with hope. Her recent art work has appeared in the Baltic Centre, Tate Exchange and Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art. Her debut novel, Cygnet, was published in spring 2019.

; a place, of their own. is an experimental contemporary art and spatial practice, conceived by artist duo Paula McCloskey and Sam Vardy, that investigates contemporary conditions and create new spaces, imaginaries and subjectivities. Based in Sheffield, UK and Ballyshannon, Ireland, together they make performances, spatial interventions and audio-visual art and research. Their projects explore the transformative potential of art and spatial practice to suggest other worlds yet to become.