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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, proudly launched 'Opening the Floodgates' on Friday 23 June 2017. They invited any interested artists to attend a special riverside launch event led by Artistic Director, Cathy Mager, at Diglis House Hotel.

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 wants 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 followed the event.

Applications were encouraged from artists at all stages in their careers.

The project is about finding 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.

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