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News article created on 14 December 2017

UK street artist Lucy McLauchlan is the newest addition to 'The Ring'

The Ring - a major arts programme and cultural first for Worcestershire will celebrate the rebirth of the region’s canals and rivers during 2018.

Lucy McLauchlan

The project, will see a series of new art commissions created by local and internationally celebrated artists in response to the 21 miles of waterways encircling Droitwich and Worcester, namely the Worcester & Birmingham Canals, the Droitwich Canals and the River Severn.

The Ring waterways, local communities and natural environment of the waterways will inspire and inform Lucy’s artwork. Debris transported by the River Severn will become integrated into her mural and local communities will be approached to assist with the artwork, whereby the themes of sustainability and nature will inform her final mural.

Lucy’s internationally acclaimed, large-scale monochromatic paintings combine ancient, almost prehistorical influences with graphic, modernist sensibilities. She has exhibited in galleries, museums and festivals across the globe, creating work using a ‘one-take’ philosophy that rejects extensive preparation using digital tools.

Lucy said: "My studio in Birmingham is based on the canal. I’ve witnessed its lure as an escape and quiet space for many people. My immediate environment is a huge inspiration in my work.  From my previous project painting murals along the canal-side in Birmingham, I got to know the waterway by canoe. Being on the water gave me a different and new appreciation of the canal. I’m looking forward to discovering the waters of Worcestershire, getting to know its communities and involving local people in the commission. I’m working in their ‘back garden’, so it’s important they have the chance to get involved and feel a sense of ownership to this artwork."

The Ring

The Ring is part of our Arts on the Waterways programme, a collaborative arts programme situated on and inspired by waterways in England and Wales.

Tim Eastop, executive producer of the programme says: "We’re thrilled to announce Lucy has joined The Ring. To see her set off along the region’s waterways will be intriguing. I’m particularly looking forward to seeing how she incorporates flood debris that the Severn gifts us into her work. Items that drift into the region on the water can be transformed by artists into something that can inspire wonder and provoke healthy debate."

He added: "The Ring is a wonderful example of how our canals can celebrate, unite and excite communities about art and heritage, as well as being ‘green corridors’ on our doorstep that contribute to our sense of wellbeing."

The Ring is is funded by Arts Council England and us, together with support from local authorities, trusts and foundations. For full details please visit: The Ring Art