Confluence: a panel discussion bringing together artists working with the River at the heart of their work and practice including Maria Arceo, Dr. Cathy Fitzgerald, Raewyn Harrison, Anne Krinsky, Dr. Loraine Leeson and Ali Pretty and moderator Colette Bailey, Director of METAL and Estuary Festival.
The discussion will examine the artistic process of channelling a passion for the Thames into a public art work. The artists work in a range of media – sound, sculpture, photography, video, ceramics, paint and projection and several have created participatory events. Taken together their works investigate the river's varied aspects – its biodiversity, plastics and pollution, stories from river communities, Thames architectural structures and archaeology of the foreshore:
Maria Arceo's Future Dust addresses the proliferation of plastics in the river. Maria Arceo uses installation, sculpture, photography and film to explore the effects of human actions on the natural world. Her Thames Plastic and the exploration of future dust addresses the widespread dispersion of plastic debris in rivers and oceans.
Radio documentarian, Dr Cathy FitzGerald exhibited an unusual sound piece in the Estuary Festival 2016. It featured an antenna – made from a jet of Thames water – that received and transmitted voices of people communing with the river.
Ceramic artist Raewyn Harrison creates river-based porcelain collections. She collaborates with archaeologist Mike Webber to create participatory events that reveal Thames' history through working with clay.
Anne Krinsky is fascinated by Thames' architectural structures. With Tom Pearman, she is creating an installation of projections in Brunel's Tunnel Shaft. Her Tropical Thames will be exhibited in Canary Wharf's Crossrail Place Roof Garden.
Dr. Loraine Leeson's Thames works engage with communities on issues of biodiversity. For Lambeth Floating Marsh, she created a reed bed alongside a Thames barge, and projected images of river organisms on the embankment.
Ali Pretty's Silk River project explores relationships between London and Kolkata, through the creation of silk banners in communities along the Thames and Hooghly Rivers. The banners will feature in walks along both rivers.