Test Sites: Calder Valley

Ruth Levene, Hidden Waters, video still (2015)

Test Sites is Arts Catalyst’s series of inquiries into matters of concern connected with environmental change – such as flooding, pollution, and species loss – and their impact on local culture and the health and wellbeing of our ecosystems and ourselves. At each site, we are inviting local people and groups to be part of art-led co-inquiries, working with artists, scientists, and other experts.

In collaboration with Canal & River Trust, Arts Catalyst is working with artist Ruth Levene in the Calder Valley. In Summer 2017, Ruth and Arts Catalyst will make two initial research journeys by narrowboat along the Calder/Hebble navigation, meeting local people, river/canal users and experts with interests in water (ecologists, fishermen, canoeists, etc), the history of the river and canal, water stewardship, and how water and environmental change impact on people’s health and sense of well-being.

If you would like to connect with us during our research journeys to share your knowledge of the Calder catchment and its waters, please email Nicola Triscott at director@artscatalyst.org

The project will gather pace during 2018 and 2019 with creative activities, roundtables, story gathering and citizen science research leading to the creation of site-specific artworks, events, and alternative archives of knowledge about the Calder catchment.