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From Monday 15 November

For Freedom Space with Rivers

A six month intergenerational arts project in the Greater Glasgow and Clyde area, focussing on our living relationships with rivers.

How can we adapt with rivers to a changing climate, and look out for each other in the process?

For Freedom Space with Rivers is a six month intergenerational arts project being led creatively by Rachel Clive, in partnership with Kirsty Stansfield and Lynnda Wardle. It is building on Rachel Clive’s ecological theatre practice-based research at the University of Glasgow in collaboration with Kirsty Stansfield’s arts in health research practise at the Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice, and Lynnda Wardle’s research-informed writing about place and migration. 

The project is offering a series of arts-based workshops and individual arts commissions exploring our diverse understandings and expressions of freedom space for rivers, in the contemporary urban context of Glasgow, with particular reference to the River Clyde and its tributaries.

The first workshop series relates to COP26, and is based at the University of Glasgow. The second workshop series is evolving around questions of health and care, and is based at the Prince and Princess of Wales hospice. The third workshop series is focussing on urgent questions of precarity, migration, safety/asylum and solidarity and is based at Interfaith Glasgow.

From these group workshops, twelve individual commissions are being supported by the project. These commissions are being developed collectively with reference to a large travelling scroll. Artworks and insights will be shared at the University of Glasgow’s “Water and Value” international Water Cluster workshop on 13th May and celebrated collectively at the James Arnott Theatre on 26th May 2022, six months after the end of COP26.