Memory of Water (www.memoryofwater.eu) is a trans European, artist led creative exploration of what artists can bring to the imperative global dialogue around what’s next for our post industrial waterfront heritage zones.
Six cities share the problems experienced when, what has been the defining industry of a place, leaves the stage: taking jobs, wealth, and sense of identity from that community; leaving behind the inevitable corollary of unemployment, poverty, drugs misuse, rising crime, loss of sense of purpose, loss of mental and physical wellbeing.
Six cities explore the issues and barriers to moving into new positive futures that respect and incorporate the past but serve the needs of tomorrow’s local communities with diversity, employment, learning, tourism, social integration, recreation and culture: asking questions about gentrification, community empowerment and land ownership.
Six artists share their participatory, socially engaged, interventionist practice: artists who are passionately committed to social justice, transformation and respect for local people. They each have totally different art form specialisms: totally different approaches but with shared ethics and values, they have everything to learn from each other.
Our methods are creative and engaged and our context is cultural planning. In other words, we do not seek to develop the arts and culture where none exist. Neither is our aspiration to teach art. Rather, our aim is empowerment and transformation and our impact will be measured against the impact we can demonstrate at policy level with politicians, planners, developers and actual tangible outputs on the ground.