Anne Marie Culhane

Field Sensing

Artist Bio

Anne-Marie create events, performances and long-term projects that invite people into active and enquiring relationships with each other, the land and earth’s natural systems. She works as artist, activist and educator across a range of creative and academic disciplines. Her work takes place in outdoor spaces, community centers, parks, farms, the street and river systems. Her practice is informed by collaboration, deep listening and the communities and places she works with within the context of a global climate and ecological emergency.

For Promenade

Field Sensing is a slow-walking practice that aims to amplify awareness of our inner and outer landscapes and tune into what is going on inside and outside of our bodies as a framework for experiencing time and place in a different way. Meeting on the seafront for the early morning high tide, to slowly experience Weston's waters and ourselves in relation to it. Followed by an opportunity to share reflections together over breakfast which will be provided.

The phrase 'Field Sensing' was coined by Buddhist writer and poet Gary Snyder to refer to the perception of land as a ‘resonant landscape’ by Paleolithic Hunters. Anne-Marie has hosted many participatory Field Sensing walks including on an ancient hillside at dawn and on the site of a Neolithic coastal settlement on Bodmin Moor. Wear comfortable shoes, and bring warm, wind or waterproof clothing.

Bryony Gillard

Seaweed Thinking

Artist Bio

Bryony Gillard is an artist and educator with an MFA from the Dutch Art Institute, School for Art Praxis. Situated between writing, workshops, performance, video and exhibition making, her practice reflects upon events, creatures and ideas that refuse to be pinned down or categorised. She is drawn to thinking with and through the more-than-human-world and is committed to intersectional feminist and anti-colonial doings underpinning her practice and approach.

For Promenade

This workshop will explore a number of writing and reading exercises that intend to situate us within the slippery context of seaweed. Using seaweed as a material, metaphor and more-than-human guide, we will try to attempt to become more seaweed-y - acknowledging our terrestrial bias and considering seaweeds' potential to shift between multiple states - slippery, unctuous, dry, and brittle. We will undertake a series of exercises with an emphasis on creative writing, somatic movement, sensory seaweed explorations (touching, eating, smelling) as well as reading and discussion. Working through these activities, together, we will endeavor to write, speak, think and move from the perspective of seaweed. This workshop builds on Bryony Gillard's creative research project 'Unctuous between Fingers' which since 2019, has posed the question, what can we learn from seaweed?

Karen Barry

Macrotidal / Microtidal

Artist Bio

Karen is an emerging socially engaged artist, currently studying for an MA in Art and Social Practice at the University of the Highlands and Islands. Her practice is rooted in the use of conversation or shared dialogue to explore social issues, particularly around climate change and social justice. In her current work she is exploring her relationship to the sea, to discover a sense of place in different coastal communities, to consider how to bring communities together to develop resilience in the face of the challenges that climate change might bring in the future.

For Promenade

Karen will be undertaking a durational piece, being present and still for the duration of a full tide cycle at Anchor Head Cove, starting as the sun rises and ending as it sets. Throughout the day there will be the chance to join her in quiet contemplation, conversation or creative responses as the tide rises and falls.

Vicky Smith

Agitations film workshop

Artist Bio

Vicky Smith is an artist film maker and academic who has worked in experimental animation and 16mm film for over 30 years and has screened work internationally in galleries and at festivals. She is a member of BEEF (Bristol Experimental Expanded Film), was part of the London Film Makers Co-op, has a PhD in experimental film and lectures at the University for the Creative Arts, Farnham.

For Promenade

In this workshop participants will reimagine the natural features of the coastline (the rocks, shells, shingle, seaweed) as tools and textures that can be used to mark directly onto analogue film. The filmstrip surfaces can be rubbed away, becoming impressed with inscriptions of the ground and of the actions upon it.

Following the workshop, as darkness falls, your collectively made film will be projected for you to see the familiar Weston shore translated into abstract marks, time and rhythm.

Alice Jennings

Bowls

Artist Bio

Alice's practice encompasses the physicality and visceral quality of clay, exercising a language formed through bodily gestures. Her work plays with the senses, connecting the viewer to the intricacies of the natural world through organic forms. The objects she creates intend to bring harmony to their surroundings, connecting the viewer to the sounds and physical textures of the environment they sit within through field recordings taken of the artworks and the environments they inhabit. Based in Bristol, Alice studied Fine Art at UWE and was the winner of the 2018 Ruth Tair Sculpture Prize. She has previously exhibited at Brunswick Club, Delamore, Stone Lane Gardens and Strange Brew.

For Promenade

Inspired by clay diya lamps which are created and symbolically lit for ritual and floated on the river Ganges in India, the warm, bright glow emitted from them is considered to be auspicious, and represent enlightenment, change, and knowledge. As we move towards Mabon / Autumn Equinox and the days become darker, contribute to the hand-pinched clay bowl ‘votives’ made by Alice, by gathering foraged materials and writing intentions for the new season. As part of the evening Ceremonial Water Gathering event, we will then join together to cast them out into the Marine Lake as a ritual offering to the Autumn as the sun goes down.

Katie Gillet & Lorna Bryce

Life Drawing in the Seascape

Artist Bio

Katie is interested in connection to each other and nature through bringing meditative practices into her work in an attempt to transform self, ideas and materials expressed through abstract paintings, paper collage, pressed flowers and ceramics. Lorna's art work is expressive, spontaneous and colourful. Subjects include portraits, lifedrawings, sea and landscape, anything organic through the mediums of charcoal, pastels, water colour, oils, biro.

For Promenade

Weston artists Katie and Lorna are hosting, and posing for an outdoor life drawing session, set in Weston's coastal landscape to offers an opportunity to mindfully observe, draw and engage in the natural environment. All ages and abilities are welcome to express, explore and reflect upon our relationship with ourselves and nature through the medium of drawing. Materials provided though do bring your own if you would like to.

Seagull Boy

Seagull Boy

Artist Bio

For several years Seagull Boy has been roaming the British archipelago looking for sporadic, yonderly melodies and surging chordal swells, subsisting primarily on chips.

For Promenade

Through extended improvised communion with the coastline, using a battery amplified guitar and disguised as a Herring Gull, it is his hope to catch fragments of ancient tunes on the winds particular to each bay, and to then release them back into the ebb and flood. These are the slippery songs of the intertidal zone. Expect to find Seagull Boy wandering the rocks, sands and seawall between Birnbeck Pier and Knightstone Island playing foraged coastal loops, drones and melodies. His location is tide dependent. PLEASE DO NOT FEED SEAGULL BOY.

Amy Butlin

Oh I do like to walk

Artist Bio

Amy is a recipient of a Grains of Sand commission and will be showing new work all weekend which this activity has developed out of.

For Promenade

Join artist Amy Butlin in a collective drift inspired by the practice of walking as an experimental creative process. A series of prompts encourage different ways of engaging with ones surroundings, during the route that will be improvised collectively by the group as they move through overlooked spaces, seeking out hidden stories. The north end of Weston’s coastline lies upon the tip of a wooded promontory, which until 200 years ago was open limestone grassland. Surrounded, built over and concealed by the Victorian resort that sprang up around it, this hill has become a heterotopia - a place of multiple layers of meaning and history.

The walk is part of Amy’s commissioned work, 'Over Old Ground' which documents her process of walking between the sites of two bronze age barrows. The route, distance and speed of the walk will be determined by the abilities, and preferences of the group on the day.

Jen Green & Tina Hitchens

Sounding Out

Artist Bio

Jen Green & Tina Hitchens are one of the Artist & Communities commissions, whose new sound-work Untold Skies is available to listen to all weekend.

For Promenade

Sounding Out is a live, in-person walk along the Promenade mapping the sound-work with the artists. Walkers will be invited to join in with a deep listening exercise, contribute to creating a live sound map in location, and hear some poetry readings from the project, featuring Nada Magriel.

Water Stories

Artist Bio

Developed by Promenade with Weston artist Nina Thomas-Bennet, in collaboration with Weston’s Cleaner Coastlines and drawing upon the work of ocean activists Surfers Against Sewage, also in dialogue with the Mudlarks community who are caretakers of Weston’s Marine Lake.

For Promenade

Weston has the third largest tidal range that swims in and out twice a day, and the diverse environment of its unique estuarial coastline is ever changing. The Water Stories stand will share small environmental activities for people to take part in, whilst creatively communicating info about Westons coastline and waters, to encourage conversation and action around sea health and water quality. We will ask questions around why Westons sea is brown, what lives in its waters, and how safe and clean the water is.

Write a Postcard to the Sea, ask the water questions, and create stories for the coastline and ocean to imagine a hopeful future. Inspired by Tideline’s Letters to the Sea, itself a sister project to Letters to the Earth. Find out about Westons fertile coastline, and estuary life; its wildlife and creatures, as well as the less desirable rubbish that litters the shoreline. Developed in collaboration with Weston’s Cleaner Coastlines and drawing upon the work of ocean activists Surfers Against Sewage, also in dialogue with the Mudlarks community who are caretakers of Weston’s Marine Lake.

Sophie Shepherd & Hat Porter

Weston will only answer to what we call it

Artist Bio

Hat is a textile and sculpture artist combining materials and techniques to consider the tangled feelings of distress, memory and healing in her work. Sophie is a poet and performer who runs spoken word open mic night Rhyme Against the Tide in Weston.

For Promenade

Together, Sophie and Hattie have created a new collaborative textile artwork that considers and ponders upon the sometimes complex relationships and associations that they have with Weston.

Sam Francis

Come Walking Through

Artist Bio

Sam is a creative producer and artist living in Weston. Through approaching different contexts and environments with the intention of an explorer, her work attempts to uncover the spirit, and real or imagined mythologies associated with a place.

For Promenade

For Promenade she has produced a series of text-based works that act as vignettes of her walks along the coastline. A stitched banner for Promenade is displayed at the weekend hub. A series of posters screen-printed using mud from Westons intertidal zone. And two wall-mounted drift propositions for jaunts around the Marine Lake.

Mugwort Maiden

Artist Bio

Mugwort Maiden holds regular stalls at events in Bristol with products to heal, soothe and enhance the senses.

For Promenade

Drawing from the Pagan wheel of the year to create foraged and hand-made ceramics, ferments, lotions and potions in small batches for the given season, Mugwort Maiden brings her witchy apothecary to Promenade for the afternoon to sooth your ails.