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News article created on 25 May 2017

Opening the floodgates: Arts on the Waterways open call opportunity in Worcestershire

The Ring, a new arts programme for the waterways of Worcestershire, is proud to launch Opening the Floodgates on Friday 23rd June 2017. They are inviting any interested artists to attend a special riverside launch event led by Artistic Director Cathy Mager at Diglis House Hotel at 6pm on Friday 23rd June 2017.

The Ring Worcestershire

Opening the Flood Gates is a new commissioning opportunity open to all artists living or working in the West Midlands. Individual artists or artist collectives are invited to submit proposals to re-purpose and recycle flood waste that has been collected from canals and rivers in the Worcestershire area to make a public artwork. The Ring would like to see ideas that explore aspects of the biodiversity and wildlife of the area and visualise the future of the waterways of Worcestershire. The budget for the commission is £10,000 inclusive of artist fees and production/installation costs.

The launch

The launch features special guest speakers Jeremiah Hulsebos-Spofford and Faheem Majeed of the Floating Museum project in Chicago, USA. There will also be a chance to meet our experts during a short guided walk to Diglis Island to view the stockpiled flood materials that will be made available to the selected artists. Networking with local artists and arts organisations will follow the event.
Applications are encouraged from artists at all stages in their careers. The project is looking for original, exciting and site specific ideas constructed from flood waste that will draw in visitors near and far to discover and explore the waterways of Worcestershire.

How to apply

Book your place at the launch event here, applications for entry will then open on Saturday 24th June 2017 and close on 31st August 2017. The winning artist/artist collective will be announced in mid September. Open Call Entry Forms will be made available on The Ring's new website due to launch in June 2017, in the meantime follow their updates on Facebook or sign up for e-news.