Sharing Heritage

Sharing Heritage – supported by Big Lottery Sharing Heritage Fund

‘The Web of Water’, explores the theme of water, why it is critical to life on earth, its use and misuse. It has various strands and engagement levels through community participation, historical exploration, artistic practice and environmental discussion. On the heritage side, we will examine traditional architectural water structures and the heritage of ‘Well-Dressing’ still practised in Derbyshire today. Through activities, we intend to create awareness about this regional tradition and rituals and customs related to water, amongst younger generations and the diverse communities residing in Derbyshire. Project activities include visits to Well-dressing sites, talks and presentations, and demonstrations by Derbyshire residents. Participatory activities including researching, capturing and recording popular legends , through creative and innovative ways like writing poems and stories about them. We hope to create an informed group of community who understand the larger issues of water availability in today’s world, but also become sensitised to the heritage of water structures in our own regions, how clean water was valued and how architectural structures came to be built around these. Some may even keep the tradition alive by continuing the practices and traditions themselves and the different means to capture these stories.

This heritage strand includes opportunities for involvement for all ages and abilities. This includes talks, presentations, demonstrations, visits and tours to places of interest, research sessions, volunteering projects, creative participatory workshops, celebration events and much more.

Blog The Web Of Water Launch

The Web Of Water Launch

The project was officially launched on 30th August 2013 with a fascinating talk and demonstration by guest speaker Derek Palmer, an important local figure and historian, as well as a practising well-dresser whose family history is intertwined with the custom. He told us about his personal journey through his life…

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Blog Riverside Festival

Riverside Festival

From Friday 2 August – Sunday 4 August 2013,artists from Artcore delivered creative activities in the Children’s Arts Zone at Riverside Festival in Nottingham. Children and families were invited to join in with Artcore’s “Web of Water” project by creating artworks with water colours, working on the theme of how…

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