Memory of Water EU – Look! – Artist – Iwona Zając (Nadbałtyckie Centrum Kultury, Gdansk) – 23 10 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, Nadbaltyckie Centrum Kultury, Gdansk, Fairfield Govan Heritage Trust and Beatrice Searle are working together on a project run as part of Memory of Water EU (see above). Artwork by Iwona Zając designed in collaboration with Eugenia Tynna, Fairfield Govan Heritage and entitled “Look!”, has been installed from afar as a result of Covid19 by artists, Hamish Rhodes, Ines Cavaco and Beatrice Searle.

The work encourages us to explore the meaning of place and belonging in cultural heritage. “Born in Govan” and “Made in Shipyards” pays tribute to the largely voiceless people and communities who played such an important role in making the Clyde a byword for excellence in marine engineering. “Clydebuilt” wasn’t just a marketing slogan, it was a leitmotif for quality.

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