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Confluence: Public Art and the Thames / A Conversation with Six Artists

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Confluence: Public Art and the Thames / A Conversation with Six Artists


Artists: Maria Arceo, Dr. Cathy Fitzgerald, Raewyn Harrison, Anne Krinsky, Dr. Loraine Leeson and Ali Pretty


Moderator: Colette Bailey


Confluence is a panel discussion with six artists who have made public works in response to the river. Maria Arceo, Dr. Cathy Fitzgerald, Raewyn Harrison, Anne Krinsky, Dr. Loraine Leeson and Ali Pretty will be in conversation about their Thames projects with Curator Colette Bailey. Colette Bailey is the Director of METAL and also curates the biannual Estuary Festival.

The conversation will examine the artistic process of channeling a passion for the Thames into a public art work. The artists work in a range of media – sound, sculpture, photography, video, ceramics, paint and projection and several have created participatory events. Taken together their works investigate the river's varied aspects – its biodiversity, plastics and pollution, stories from river communities, Thames architectural structures and archeology of the foreshore:


Maria Arceo uses installation, sculpture, photography and film to explore the effects of human actions on the natural world. Her Thames Plastic and the exploration of future dust addresses the widespread dispersion of plastics in rivers and oceans.

Radio documentarian, Dr Cathy FitzGerald exhibited an unusual sound piece in the 2016 Estuary Festival. It featured an antenna – made from a jet of Thames water – that received and transmitted voices of people communing with the river.

Ceramic artist Raewyn Harrison creates river-based porcelain collections. She collaborates with archaeologist Mike Webber to create participatory events that reveal Thames' history through working with clay.

Anne Krinsky is fascinated by Thames' architectural structures. With Tom Pearman, she is creating an installation of projections in Brunel's Tunnel Shaft. Her Tropical Thames will be exhibited in Canary Wharf's Crossrail Place Roof Garden.

Dr. Loraine Leeson's Thames works engage with communities on issues of biodiversity. For Lambeth Floating Marsh, she created a reed bed alongside a Thames barge, and projected images of river organisms on the embankment.

Ali Pretty's Silk River project explores relationships between London and Kolkata, through the creation of silk banners in communities along the Thames and Hooghly Rivers. The banners will feature in walks along both rivers.


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Confluence is part of the 2017 Totally Thames Festival.


Image: Anne Krinsky, Rotherhithe Wall 2 (detail) Digital photo

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