The Yarmouth Springs Eternal conference will explore relationships, perceptions and experiences of connecting with the natural world through the arts. It’ll feature presentations from the featured exhibition artists and a Q&A. During the conference, we’ll also explore establishing a network of artists working with nature and parts of the day will be live streamed online.
Yarmouth Springs Eternal is a community arts, walking and nature project led by Genevieve Rudd, in partnership with originalprojects;. It explores personal relationships to the natural world through contemporary arts, highlighting the overlooked and everyday interactions with nature from diverse perspectives. The project runs from Spring Equinox to Summer Solstice, and includes a series of community and public artist-led walks/workshops, an exhibition, conference and a participatory arts & nature resource.
From the Spring Equinox, supported by NNF/CIN, there will be a series of artist-led walks/workshops in Great Yarmouth, led by Mark Cator, Ligia Macedo, Georgie Manly, Kaavous Clayton and Genevieve Rudd.
Jacques Nimki is a Norwich-based artist born in Mauritius who works from or within the environment, using wildflowers and weeds flowers, inspired by sources from art history to gardening illustrations. Plants looked at but not seen, forgotten in the backdrops of the every day, inhabiting places that are usually neglected or unexplored. Each work is about a specific site; he begins by researching and walking an area to collect information, very much like a classical botanist, but in a deliberately unstructured way. Jacques’ returns to these areas to collect plants for drawing, flower pressing and seed collecting, and form part of a database of plants. Jacques has a postgraduate degree from Royal Academy Schools (1989-1992) and an undergraduate degress from Chelsea School of Art (1986-1989).
James Aldridge is a visual artist, based in Wiltshire. James graduated in 1996 with a BA (Hons) in Fine Art (Sculpture) from UCA, Farnham, and is an Associate Artist with CAS (Chapel Arts Studios, Andover), MK Gallery (Milton Keynes), and active member of Climate Museum UK. James’s artwork is multi-disciplinary, comprising of intimate objects formed in the hand whilst walking, larger sculptures that echo his bodily experiences, and sound/video pieces that collage imagery and sound together, to evoke embodied experiences of place and connection. Much of James’s work also incorporates participatory or collaborative practices. Underpinning all areas of James’s practice, is a belief in the need to develop new ways of seeing and being with the world, in this time of ecological crisis.
Jason Evans is an artist working with photography. His images and sculpture have been exhibited internationally and his ‘Strictly’ series is held in the Tate collection. Best known for his collaborations with musicians and playful editorial work he began volunteering at his local community garden in 2016. The Garden Gate Project supports people with special educational needs and/or people with mental health issues. Evans delivers photography workshops that engage with the growing surroundings whilst developing creative confidence for participants.
Bill Vine is an experimental composer, performer, improviser and audio/visual artist. ‘northsong’ is an acousmatic composition in three movements, created from raw and manipulated field recordings made by the composer in some of the green spaces of the NR3 postcode area of Norwich. It highlights the various wonderful natural and man-made parks, woods, rivers, heathland and marshland of the NR3 area, sharing the multifaceted character of this rich, diverse and often underappreciated area of Norwich.
Company Drinks is a community space and social enterprise based in Barking and Dagenham, where we make drinks with and for each other. Company Drinks started out in 2014 to bring people back together through the act of picking and reconnecting with local green spaces and nearby countryside. Company Drinks is now a co-working space and an expanding network of users, collaborators and partners, who come together to pick, grow, make, learn, unlock and share the resources and knowledge around us. Like the seasons, Company Drinks changes and adapts, and is shaped by those who are involved. We collaborate and champion the ideas of those around us, encourage each other to re-imagine new ways of working, trading and existing together, through conversation, care and good company. Company Drinks was set up in as an art commission, and registered as a Community Interest Company in 2015
+ Kaavous Clayton/originalprojects;
+ Genevieve Rudd
Age guidance: All ages welcome
Accessibility: Events take place at PRIMEyarc in Market Gates Shopping Centre, Great Yarmouth.
Market Gates is an accessible space, the shopping centre is all on one level with various entrances. There are several disabled and parent and child spaces in the car park with lifts that bring you straight into the shopping centre. For more information, visit: www.marketgates-shopping.co.uk
PRIMEyarc venue will be hosting the events. It is on the ‘Main Mall’ level of the shopping centre, next the lift and car park, with disabled toilets inside in venue and outside within the shopping centre. The entrance and venue floor is all one level with no steps.
This is event is free, however we ask that you book a place in advance.
Booking must be for one household or bubble for all in person events.
We will ask for a contact number at the point of booking for NHS Test and Trace, we also ask that all members of your party scan into NHS Test and Trace on entry to the event.
We encourage you to book digital, e-tickets to all the events you’re booking for this year.
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The Yarmouth Springs Eternal project is funded by Norfolk & Norwich Festival’s Creative Individuals Norfolk fund, Arts Council National Lottery Project Grants, East Anglia Art Fund, Norfolk County Council’s Arts Project Fund and Better Together Norfolk