Hinterlands is a national project conceived by Canal & River Trust, designed to connect communities with their local canal and waterside, and promote well being and creativity. I lead Hinterlands in London and have piloted a series of artist and community-led explorations of the Lee Navigation/River Lee in Enfield, including:
Lug-Li: a video work created by students from Oasis Academy Enfield with artist Sapphire Goss, following a creative investigation of the canal and its industrial heritage. View the video-work here.
Canal-side Gallery: supported by artist Emma Ghafur and floating art space Barge Fiodra, pupils from Prince of Wales School created a temporary canal-side exhibition of sculpture and land-art using natural, ephemeral materials. The school has adopted their own section of canal by Rammey Marsh and will use this as an art, performance and event space in the future.
The Lesser Spotted: artist Joshua Bilton created life-size puppets with residents living in Enfield Island Village, inspired by the local flora and fauna found on and around the Lee Navigation. The puppets traversed the Lee and collected further stories about canal-life and the local area.
Talkaoke: Arts Collective The People Speak led a series of pop-up chat-shows in Enfield, gathering residents/visitors' ideas on how to make their local canal and waterside more creative and inclusive. View highlights of the discussions here.
Hinterlands will return in 2019.