Dreamscapes: Living with Water

Botanical silk dyeing for people aged 18-25 yrs

Archive Workshops (6 June 2024, 10.00am - 12.00pm)
A botanical silk dyeing workshop for participants aged 18-25yrs with artist Emma Chow that melds art, science and personal connections with water.

Emma Chow is currently artist in residence for The Living Coast (Brighton, Hove & Lewes Downs UNESCO Biosphere). Her residency, entitled Stream to Sea, is exploring parallels between the water-cycle, the life-journey of humans and the lifecycle of materials. More specifically, Emma is researching the River Ouse and the chalk reef at the Undercliff Walk, tracing water’s journey through the Biosphere: how it shapeshifts, gives life to fauna and flora, how it is impacted by human behaviors, what we get from it practically and emotionally.

Drawing on her scientific and field research, Emma will be inviting workshop participants to contribute to the next stage of her research: understanding the reciprocal relationship between humans and water. Participants will be asked to share some of their watery memories and experiences, as well as imagine future possibilities for our relationship with water, as the first stage in designing and making a dyed silk artwork.

More information about Emma Chow and the Stream to Sea residency can be found here.

The purpose of the research

Stream to Sea is funded by University of Brighton and adds to a body of research by Dr Catherine Kelly.

As we deepen our understanding of water, we root ourselves in place and remember our role as part of Nature. Rather than dwelling on problems in the water-cycle, this workshop is designed to activate the imaginations of the next generation of leaders, thinkers, and creators. We’ll apply futures design methodologies to co-create a dreamscape of a future where we are in right-relationship with water. And investigate what this looks and feels like.

This workshop is open to all 18-25 year olds. It is the first of two workshops taking place as part of the Stream to Sea art residency. The workshops are a core component of Emma’s investigation during the Stream to Sea art residency for The Living Coast, where she explores the central question: How might we come into right-relationship with water in UNESCO Biosphere The Living Coast? The residency is taking place May - July 2024 through a partnership between Fabrica, ONCA, University of Brighton and The Living Coast.

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“For me, art is one of my tools – alongside coaching, meditation, yoga, and circular economy and ecosystem regeneration expertise to catalyse systems-change, from the inside-out.”

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