Some personal reflections from Govan based cultural planner, Liz Gardiner who is the Scottish partner on this Memory of Water project, is in charge of the communications for the project and is an artist turned academic in the Scottish context.
Whilst the production residency in Levadia had resonance for Govan in its links to textile making with its focus on the stories of local people and their ordinary traditions like washing cloth in the river, the Gdansk situation has more of a mirroring with Govan. Govan and Gdansk share histories in the development and decline of shipbuilding accompanied by protest. All of our six city artists reflected these aspects of Gdansk shipyard’s industrial history in their interventions. Read more
Memory of Water: Shipyard Anew
The Baltic Sea Cultural Centre will host the second artistic residency curated by Agnieszka Wołodźko and produced by Katarzyna Szewciów and Veronika Uziak for the Creative Europe project, Memory of Water. Artists from Belgium, Greece, Ireland, Poland, Scotland and Sweden will carry out artistic actions and interventions related to local cultural heritage: the former Gdańsk Shipyard will be both the subject and location of their work.
Connecting Georgia (2019-2020) is an artistic project that aims at developing and discussing tools that can be helpful to tackle the challenges for sites with post-industrial cultural heritage. The project connects the city of Batumi with other European cities engaged in the Memory of Water Creative Europe EU project.
This year too, the City of Ostend put a historic axis in the spotlight on Heritage Day. On September 8, 2019, the seawall, from Kursaal Westhelling to the Wellington Racecourse, and the sea, due to its immediate proximity, received full attention.
By doing activities, lectures, guided walks and visits, we highlight three social and climatic themes in which the City and its inhabitants and the sea are central. We initially looked at the effects of climate change and the rise in sea level. What consequences will this have for our coastal city and its heritage heritage in the future?
Also Siegfried Vynck made a construction for Open Monuments Day. As if a tsunami has been ravaged by Ostend, the beach is littered with small and large utensils. The white color with which they have been painted is a symbol of innocence and emptiness. Siegfried Vynck will partially repaint the installation during the day. Images from under the water will "flood" the objects. Together with Siegfried, write messages of hope on the installation.