The River Runs Deep is a National Lottery funded project and will focus on community art workshops in Lockwood, Huddersfield.
The project will work with three groups in Huddersfield to explore their feelings and responses to Spa Wood footpath and the River Holme, thinking about water, environment and human interaction in nature. The groups will work indoors and out to create artworks inspired by rubbish found along the River Holme and will come together to share their artworks on the footpath in the summer.
Alice Bradshaw is an artist, curator, researcher, writer and founding director of the Museum of Contemporary Rubbish. Alice works with a wide range of media and processes to express ideas about rubbish, recycling, consumerism and waste and will be the leading artist on this project alongside Rachel Massey artist and founder of Other Ways to Walk.
Alice’s comments on this project; “My interest in rubbish and its changeable value as both social object and art material is a long standing obsession. Rubbish is a temporary state before an item is reused, recycled or decomposed…the processes involved in deciding that something is rubbish and throwing it away are particularly of interest. The conversations we have about rubbish are something I place great value on”.
The new funding from The National Lottery Community Fund, which distributes money raised by National Lottery players for good causes and is the largest community funder in the UK, will see the continuation of community engagement in Spa Wood following the success of the Our Holme project in the area last year.