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Tuesday, 23 May 2017

The Ring - May 2017 Newsletter

The Ring is an exciting new arts programme which focuses on 21 miles of natural and historical waterways in Worcestershire.

We're delighted to share our new logo, as well as news of events and opportunities for artists. Read on to find out how you can be part of The Ring.
Droitwich Salt Heritage
Artist: Katy Beinart
Katy Beinart is one of five artists leading art commissions that will form the heart of The Ring's programme. Final artworks will be launched in April 2018 after a year in development.

Since she started her research in March, Katy has been working closely with canal and salt heritage experts in Droitwich, visiting the archives at The Hive in Worcester and experimenting with salt processes.
Vines Park and the Droitwich Canal, at the heart of Katy Beinart's research into the salt heritage of Droitwich.
As a part of this research, Katy is holding a quiz night which is free to attend and open to all.

Brineteaser Pub Quiz
Sunday 28th May at 7.30pm
The Gardeners Arms Pub, Vines Lane, Droitwich 

A quiz on everything salty and Droitwich! Free to enter, come along and pit your wits against the quizmasters.

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Opening the Floodgates:
Arts on the Waterways Open Call Opportunity in Worcestershire
We are proud to launch Opening the Floodgates on Friday 23rd June 2017. We invite 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. 
Flood waste collected from the rivers and canals of  the Mid-Worcestershire Ring and the beautiful natural environment of the canals.
Opening the Flood Gates is a new commissioning opportunity open to artists living and 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. We want 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.  Find out more about the Ring by visiting the Canal & River Trust’s Arts on the Waterways website.

The launch will feature 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 Canal & River Trust 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.

We encourage applications from artists at all stages in their careers. We’re 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 on our Eventbrite page, 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 our new website when it launches in June 2017, in the meantime follow us on Facebook or sign up to our e-news.
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Our website is due to launch in mid-June 2017.
Until then, sign up to our e-news and follow us on Facebook and Twitter to find out about the exciting opportunities we'll be announcing in the next few weeks. 
The Ring is part of the Canal & River Trust's Arts on the Waterways programme.
© Photographs by F8 Creates, Hamish Gill, the Canal & River Trust and Manda Graham
Programme supported by:
Arts Council England, Canal & River Trust, Worcestershire County Council, Worcestershire Arts Partnership, Worcester City Council, Wychavon District Council, Bransford Trust, Elmley Foundation, Rowlands Trust, Meadow Arts, University of Worcester, Visit Worcestershire, For Droitwich Spa, the Worcester, Birmingham & Droitwich Canal Society, Droitwich Arts Network, Sustrans, Museums Worcestershire, Museum of Royal Worcester Porcelain.
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