Hinterlands is a national project conceived by Canal & River Trust, designed to connect communities with their local waterways and promote well being and creativity. I lead Hinterlands in London and am producing a programme of artist and community-led explorations of the River Lee Navigation. The programme includes:
Heartlands: artists Julia Elmore, Paula Barnard-Groves and Joshua Bilton collaborated with Prince of Wales, Raynham and Ferry Lane Primary Schools to creatively explore and positively transform pockets of canal in Enfield, Edmonton and Tottenham. The artists and schools have produced a series of temporary and semi-permanent artworks installed on the waterside, which invite visitors to contemplate nature and be inspired by their local ecology.
Spillway: a programme of community events showcasing the canalside artworks; and 'The River Ramblers,' site-specific performances devised and performed by Face Front Inclusive Theatre Company along the canal, and celebrating the rich history of the Lee Navigation and the vibrant communities living beside it today.
History Detectives: an immersive digital artwork and heritage app created by digital media artists SDNA in collaboration with young people from Enact Youth Club and Orchardside School. History Detectives will unlock the fascinating social history and industrial heritage of the Lee Navigation in Enfield & Tottenham. The app will launch in March 2022.
Hinterlands piloted in 2018 and the current programme will continue until the end of March 2022.