Memory of Water is an artist-led project exploring post-industrial waterfront heritage in the context of urban planning and community development. Over two years, the participating partners from six countries 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.

In Autumn 2018, partners and artists gathered for the first time for a 3-day City Lab in Ostend (Belgium) to set the scene for Memory of Water. Experts offered advice and training in participative research, community building, social entrepreneurship, sustainability and shared value creation.

Over the course of the project, artists will undertake two structured residencies in Govan (Scotland), Gdansk (Poland) and Levadia (Greece): the first to research the local context and to connect with our target groups and communities of interest; and the second to co-create artistic interventions in response to the identified heritage zones. Partners will also host local and digital labs for further development and training, as well as partner steering meetings to review the progress of the project.

In Limerick (Ireland), the Artists’ Gathering will take place in Spring 2020 offering the opportunity for the artists to reflect on the project through a series of contextualised discussions followed by a public presentation to local, national and international stakeholders.

For the duration of the project, this website will act as a depository of memories, tool-kits, and testimonials. Partners will share the outcomes, reflections, knowledge gathered during the Memory of Water programme at a Dissemination Lab in Gothenburg (Sweden), before the final reporting and dissemination plans are implemented throughout the River Cities network throughout Europe.

Memory of Water is led by Swedish partner Intercult with Stad Ostend in Belgium, the Municipality of Levadia in Greece, Nadbaltyckie Centrum Kultury in Poland, Fablevision in Scotland, and Ormston House in Ireland. You can read more about the partners here.

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