Memory of Water EU – Clyde Puffer – Artist – Siegfried Vynck (Stad Ostend, Belgium) – 05 11 20

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What’s the future of post-industrial waterfront heritage zones in European Cities?
Memory of Water is an artist-led project exploring post-industrial cultural heritage on waterfront in the context of urban planning and community development.

Over two years, the participating partners from six countries (Intercult in Sweden, Stad Ostend in Belgium, the Municipality of Levadia in Greece, Nadbaltyckie Centrum Kultury in Poland, Fablevision in Scotland, and Ormston House in Ireland) will collaborate on twenty-three interconnected activities including four city labs, six international residencies, and a filmed documentary. Artists will work with citizens, community groups, politicians, urban planners and other stakeholders to create inclusive events and artistic interventions. The full programme of 23 interconnected activities is developed to meet the three priorities of the Creative Europe Co-operations programme: audience development, capacity building and transnational mobility.

Fablevision Studios, Fablevision and Ostende-based graffiti artist Siegfried Vynck are working together on a project run as part of Memory of Water EU (see above). Artists Ines Cavaco, Hamish Rhodes, Fiona Fleming and volunteer, Rory Kyle, came together to interpret and install Vynck’s design of a Clyde Puffer on the gable wall of Quickshift Tyres on corner of Clydebrae and Stag Street, Govan.

The work depicts the workhorse of the Clyde, the wee puffer, a single masted shallow draft cargo boat, which epitomised riverine and inshore trade on the river and was immortalised in novelist Neil Munro’s “The Vital Spark”.

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