Work in progress and discussions
4th – 12th September
open daily from 10:00 closes at 17:00 weekdays and 16:00 weekends
About the Project
Before the land was mapped and settled, early inhabitants used the rivers as the main means of transport – it is suggested that the Severn for example was the way that the Celts penetrated into this part of the land and its importance was revered in the form of the river goddess Sabrina.
Rivers have continued to play a part in settling the land; imagine a pre-industrial Cotswold escarpment before the River Frome and its tributaries were used to power the textile industry, recognise how harnessing the river has contributed to changing forever the landscape and its settlements in the five valleys.
Walking the Land’s partners The Cotswold Conservation Board promote the use of ‘Landscape Character Types’ as a way of incorporating valued landscape features into managing the inevitable change to the Cotswolds. There are 19 character types and the unique one around Stroud is known as the ‘Settled Valley Landscape Type’.
For a number of years Walking the Land associated artists have been responding to the River, recognising its significance to individuals and communities and the landscape and also as a metaphor for change and transition.
This specific project is ‘River Map’, is a collaboration between a number of artists, Stroud Nature and the Cotswold Conservation Board.
We welcome input from artists, writers, photographers, urban planners, rural planners and community activists to help develop a community narrative for this landscape – the ‘River Map’.
A fuller brief will be provided at the event on the 19th August, that will include: video, sound, two and three dimensional work, writings, walks, events and performance and project descriptions or project briefs – note this could include ideas about a range of issues such as transport, food or woodland projects.
We very much that you are able to join us for this evening and partake of a glass of wine, soft drinks, nibbles and conversation.
Please get back to us if you have questions or comments