HydroCitizenship. Re envisioning and reconnecting communities as eco-social formations through arts and humanities centred interdisciplinary research.

Lead Research Organisation: University of Gloucestershire
Department Name: Countryside and Community Research Inst

Abstract

This research funding provides opportunities for a large arts and humanities centred interdisciplinary research team to continue the development of an innovative strand of collaborative research which was conceived at the "Communities, Cultures, Environments and Sustainability Research Development Workshop, Bristol, 22-24 May 2012". This has been subsequently developed in team meetings and email exchanges.

The aim is to develop the notion of hydrocitizenship through a multi-faceted programme of arts and humanities research in collaboration with other related disciplines - particularly geography, planning, landscape design and community studies. This research will involve non HEI partners (Landscape Institute) and will be co-developed with key stakeholders including the Environment Agency, local authorities other water/environment focused agencies. It will be located in three major national science and research contexts; United Kingdom Water Research and Innovation Framework (UKWRIF); National Ecosystem Assessment (NEA), and Making Space for Water (DEFRA 2005). The development programme will explore basic questions about how arts and humanities centred interdisciplinary research can investigate conflicts, issues and potentials relating to water resources and within communities. And from that base, make a difference in communities in terms of both social and environmental transition and resilience. Broader findings regarding the co-development of social and environmental sustainability in communities in the UK will be disseminated to both academic and policy communities. The research will focus on how a range of values, such as sense of place, can be integrated into emerging polcy/goverencance agenca of ecosystems services and cultural ecosystem services.

A basic tenet of this proposal is that thinking beyond the social is a vital element of any large Connected Communities initiative which seeks to address questions of sustainability. Communities are often not aware of the systems which bring them a range of ecosystem services (and risk e.g. flooding) and this includes hydro-social cycles. Water is taken as a fundamental and pressing area of environmental concern and social justice. Questions of water security (flood, drought, water quality, access, water based ecosystem services) are some of the most important facing communities today in the UK and globally. Water issues interconnect local, regional, national, and global territories, and relate to multiple eco-social interdependences within and between communities. They also ask challenging questions about what communities are, how they work internally, how they are embedded in wider networks of connectivity (e.g. in river catchments). Water issues also offer very palpable examples of how individuals and communities (human and non-human) depend on, and are linked by, physical processes. Water is a particularly accessible way to engage communities with questions of sustainability in relation to a range of high profile eco-social challenges. We also seek to explore the challenges and benefits of moving water focused research from single issue foci (flood, drought) to a holistic approach, and how can the arts and humanties research play a central part in this?

Planned Impact

The focus on crosscutting understandings of communities in general and how various disciplines and initiatives have considered communities and water issues (and other environmental issues) will have impact for the following stakeholders:

Those seeking to develop community well being and the effectiveness of public services and policy, and enhancing quality of life, health and creative output in relation to communities.

Private sector beneficiaries will include stakeholder organisations with interest in economic aspects of resilience particularly insurance companies and their representative bodies.

public sector beneficiaries, policy-makers, government and government agencies will include a range of governmental and ngo agencies with interest in community well-being and resilience and also in various aspects of sustainable environmental management, including those charged with climate change scenario planning third sector agencies will include museums and other organisations which might have a role in developing and disseminating community narratives .

The emphasis on therapeutic narratives will be of interest to a range of actors who might seek to work with communities, including artists and socially engaged arts practitioners, civil society and third sector agencies involved in social welfare, as well as local communities and community organisations situated in fractured hydro-social relations.
 
Title After the Flood (2016) 
Description This film of After the Flood presents a camera-friendly version of the live, promenade performance (of the same title), created for Leeds Waterfront Festival, in June 2016. This was a co-production between Multi-Story Water and the Leeds-based company, Common Chorus Theatre, which sought to respond to the major flood that hit Leeds on Boxing Day, 2015. (For further details on the making and context of the live show, see under our "Performances" tab.) In the live version, small groups of spectators were invited to embark on a looping walk around a section of the River Aire in Leeds city centre, starting and finishing at Granary Wharf. Our actors, stationed at points around the loop, would perform their scene afresh for each new group that came past. In the same spirit, the show's six scenes are presented below as six separate videos, for you to "navigate" in sequence. Enjoy! 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2016 
Impact TBC 
URL http://multi-story-shipley.co.uk/?page_id=1824
 
Title After the Flood (2016) Performance 
Description Our promenade performance After the Flood - devised for Leeds Waterfront Festival in June 
Type Of Art Performance (Music, Dance, Drama, etc) 
Year Produced 2016 
Impact comment on blog Thanks for writing this Steve, I enjoyed the opening and your performance in particular. The personal stories you told prompted a thought. This may be no more than a semantic distinction but I often feel that 'the authorities' (and I have been in that position myself, so am suddenly recognising a past failing) find themselves responding to episodes such as this by addressing 'the flooding' or (in my case) 'the contamination incident' rather than the effects of the incident on the individuals (not 'the people') affected. We must be much more aware of those human impacts - it's not the flooding that matters but the very real effects on those who are flooded. 
URL http://multi-story-shipley.co.uk/?p=1830
 
Title Animated Film - Eel Ecologies 
Description The Bristol Project team have run a series of workshops in a Bristol primary school with animation artist Lucy Izzard and staff from the Sustainable Eel group, to discuss eel ecology. An animated film is being produced using transcripts of children's comments and children's images. This film will be shown at Bristol Festival of Nature, Sustainable Eel group meeting - London and elsewhere 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2017 
Impact Raising awareness of eel ecology and related water catchment management issues in the school. Raising awareness of the potential of arts based method for the environmental group Sustainable Eel Group 
URL https://vimeo.com/184345553
 
Title Bristol Green Capital 2015 / Hydrocitizenship Bristol Case Study Co-Produced Film By Rough Glory Films 
Description A film about the co-created 'tidal characters' Peri and Proxi - By Rough Glory Films. Co-created between the Hydrocitizenship academic team and creative partners 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2015 
Impact This film has been shown at a mumber of subsequent project events. It attracts great interest and response 
URL https://vimeo.com/123030881
 
Title High Rise Damp 
Description High Rise Damp is a short documentary looking at the experiences of Jennifer Mynard and her son Dylan, two residents of the Crosley Wood flats - three concrete tower blocks situated adjacent to the Leeds-Liverpool Canal in Bingley (near Dowley Gap locks). This film emerges in response to community development work undertaken at Crosley Wood by Shipley's Kirkgate Centre, and supported by Multi-Story Water. The film focuses on the story of just one family on the estate, and uses water as a connecting thread, looking at the Mynards' pro-active response to the Boxing Day floods of 2015, their feelings about the canal, and - most importantly - at the their housing conditions. Plagued by damp and internal floods, the family is at the mercy of a housing authority (InCommunities) which has shown little concern for their plight. Unfortunately, their story is just one of many like it. The 15-minute film was shot in late summer of 2016 and premiered in a public screening at Kirkgate Centre's AGM on Saturday 19th Novermber. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2016 
Impact 51 views 1 like on YouTube 
URL http://multi-story-shipley.co.uk/?page_id=1812
 
Title Hydrocitizenship sketch film - Urban Water Munich 
Description An impromptu 'sketch film' of urban water in Munich shot in iPhone. YouTube text "Where is this paradise of swimming and surfing? - not in some remote wilderness, but in a large urban centre - Munich, Germany. There has been a policy to re-wild the river Isar through the city and to ensure other water courses are as clean and accessible as possible. In the water course built though "The English Gardens" (a public park), people swim and surf while traffic whizzes by very close but hidden. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2014 
Impact viewed on Youtube 1724 times 5 likes (06 03 2017) 
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lhkVPzfxRS4
 
Title Peri and Proxi film 2 - the Syzergy Oath 
Description Film of a perfomative event co produced by Hydrocitizneship and Bristol Green Captical Bristol Loves Tides Project 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2016 
Impact TBC 
URL https://vimeo.com/205589447
 
Title Peri and Proxi film 3 - No Rest for the Fluid 
Description A futher film that spun out of the Hydrocitizenship Bristol Green Capital Project Bristol Loves Tides 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2016 
Impact This film has been shown at a number of events in Bristol. Invited to screen at the Bath International Film Festival 
URL https://vimeo.com/173386821
 
Title Salt's Waters 
Description Salt's Waters is an alternative heritage tour, navigating watercourses large and small, in the district of Saltaire. This sound walk is presented by Multi-Story Water, a case study on the Towards Hydrocitizenship project 
Type Of Art Artefact (including digital) 
Year Produced 2015 
Impact tbc 
URL http://multi-story-shipley.co.uk/?p=1779
 
Title Seven Bridges 2016 
Description A promenade performance for Leeds Water Front Festival. A repeat of the same event in 2015 
Type Of Art Performance (Music, Dance, Drama, etc) 
Year Produced 2016 
Impact tbc 
URL http://multi-story-shipley.co.uk/?m=201606
 
Title Too Much of Water 
Description Too Much of Water is a one-man performance written and performed by Professor Steve Bottoms (Manchester University). It uses data gathered from interviews with flood victims, and other sources to recount the River Aire - Leeds floods on Boxing Day 2015. It creates a narrative around the experiences of 5 residents, before during and after the flood. It is performed live using a simple set and props. It has been performed at a number of settings including the Saltaire River Festival 2016. It has also been filmed in Bath Spa University TV studios and will be released in 2017 
Type Of Art Performance (Music, Dance, Drama, etc) 
Year Produced 2016 
Impact Agencies with reposibility for flood resillience (Environment Agency) are are aware of this output and have supported its producted and requested to view it 
 
Title Too Much of Water (Performances) 
Description originally performed in Roberts Park, for Saltaire Festival, Since also in Exeter, London, Cambridge, Manchester, Leeds 
Type Of Art Performance (Music, Dance, Drama, etc) 
Year Produced 2016 
Impact invited to be performed at Leeds Industrial Museum - opening of a special exhibition titled Flood Response. 
URL http://multi-story-shipley.co.uk/?p=1830
 
Title Too Much of Water - Film 
Description This is a film version of the one man play Too Much of Water created in Bath Spa University TV studios and will be released in 2017. Too Much of Water is a one-man performance written and performed by Professor Steve Bottoms (Manchester University). It uses data gathered from interviews with flood victims, and other sources to recount the River Aire - Leeds floods on Boxing Day 2015. It creates a narrative around the experiences of 5 residents, before during and after the flood. It is performed live using a simple set and props. It has been performed at a number of settings including the Saltaire River Festival 2016. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2017 
Impact TBC 
 
Description This was a Connected Community Environments and Sustainability Development grant. The main aim of which was to write a large grant proposal for the same programme. That was done and submitted and was successful.
Exploitation Route The large project that stemmed from this reward began 01 05 2014. It has already gathered an online community of researchers around it. See http://www.hydrocitizens.com/
Sectors Creative Economy,Education,Energy,Environment,Leisure Activities, including Sports, Recreation and Tourism,Government, Democracy and Justice,Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections

URL http://www.hydrocitizenship.com/
 
Description This development grant has led to a large grant in which non HEI partners are fully involved
First Year Of Impact 2015
Sector Communities and Social Services/Policy,Education,Environment,Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections,Other
 
Description Hydrocitizenship on-line community to be used as a model for a new international network on permaculture/forest gardens
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact On seeing a presentation about the Hydrocitizenship project a researcher from the Open University is to use the Hydrocitizenship on-line community model for a new research network From an email "I was really inspired by your talk on Friday . I've spent some time exploring the hydrocitizens hub - what a brilliant platform! So, I was wondering whether you could put me in contact with the people that have designed the website? I'm part of an international permaculture/forest garden network and we are currently investigating setting up an online tool and it would be great to have something very similar to hydrocitizens.com."
 
Description Hydrocitizenship project principles taken up by Wye Valley AONB 2016 and 2018 Festivals
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact Key principles developed in the 'Towards Hydrocitizenship' project were taken up by the Wye River Festival 2016. This is a large 2 week event which is a major element of the Wye Valley AONB's strategy for public engagement and awareness raising. The festival focused on multiple water issues and Professor Jones acted as a academic advisor in the development process of the festival and wrote a short essay for the festival programme - a free booklet - 15,000 copies distributed. Professor Jones is also advising on the development of the 2018 Festival (they are biennial) From the 2017 Festival evaluation "WVRF2016 encompassed 28 events, at 28 venues on sites from Hereford to Chepstow. We exceeded all our targets: Achieving 29,800+people attending events. 1,200 school children were involved in our workshop programme. In addition 1,098 children had Wye Serai school visits with the Ensemble for half a day each. 539 young people worked with artists to create the flags which decorated the Festival sites. A further 300+ People participated in community training/workshops. 1000 origami birds were made by over200local people from a variety of community groups which were used in one of the installations. A whole community, young and old contributed to the other installation. 328 people took part in the walking/story project. 220+ local singers, musicians and performers were involved in the performances 250+torchbearers were involved in the Llandogo procession with a further 50 volunteer torchbearers involved throughout the Festival. In all 18 local youth theatre groups, choirs and bands took part in the performances. 20 students form University of South Wales were involved with the project 15 of which went on to produce performances for the Festival as part of their degree assessments."
URL http://www.wyevalleyaonb.org.uk/images/uploads/general/WVRF_2016_Evaluation_and_Reflection_Report_FI...
 
Description Professor Jones Invited by RSPB and National Trust to present evidence on using arts based methods for a proposed large coastal heritage project.
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact PI Professor Jones was invited by a joint team of the RSPB and National Trust to advise on arts based methods for a new large project they are planning on coastal heritage conservation and working with communities.
 
Description Team members of Deptford Creek Living Histories project London attend a Hydrocitizenship project event and seek advice and further contact
Geographic Reach Local/Municipal/Regional 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
 
Description AHRC Connected Communities 'Community Futures & Utopia' Festival 2016
Amount £5,000 (GBP)
Organisation Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start  
 
Description AHRC Connected Communities Festival 2015
Amount £7,800 (GBP)
Organisation Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 05/2015 
End 06/2015
 
Description AHRC Research Network Grant
Amount £37,733 (GBP)
Funding ID AH/N005767/1 
Organisation Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2016 
End 12/2017
 
Description Connected Communities Festival in 2015: Hydrocitizens and Power and the Water Projects
Amount £8,000 (GBP)
Organisation Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2015 
End 06/2015
 
Description Lottery Heritage Fund
Amount £10,000 (GBP)
Organisation Big Lottery Fund 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start  
 
Description Collaboration with Bath Film Festival 2016 
Organisation Bath Film Festival
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Towards Hydrocitizenship project co-curated a series of 7 short films about water at Bath Film Festival 2016. These incldued 3 films made in partnership with the project and 4 other short films about water. The venue was more or less full - 60 seats
Collaborator Contribution Bath Film Festival promoted, crewed and staged the event - providing the venue, equipment, staff. A series of short films about tides, estuaries and the coastline. "Estuaries and shorelines hold a deep fascination for us - washed by the tides, they are constantly changing places of climate and light extremes, working to overlapping sets of rhythms and tempos, often alluring and sometimes dangerous". Guest presenter Professor Owain Jones of the Environmental Humanities Research Centre at Bath Spa University, and prime mover behind the Towards Hydrocitizenship project, has long been enthralled by tides and tidal cultures. Tonight he introduces and discusses a collection of fascinating short films that explore our relationship with the ebb and flow of arguably the most powerful and transforming natural force on the planet. Times: 18.30 DOORS, (Pre drinks in the downstairs bar, I will be there from 6pm) Films (In the upstairs bar) • 19.00 Intro by Dr. Owain Jones (5m) • PROXI AND PERI 1 10m.19s • PILLARS OF LIGHT 16m.28s • 5 UNDERCURRENTS 3m.57s • FABER NAVALIS 33m.20s 20.10 INTERVAL 15m - Possible additional guest speaker. • TRANSGRESSION 15m.20s • TSUNAMI 7m.14s • PROXI AND PERI 4 - HAY DESCANSO PARA LOS ESTUPIDOS 21.05 Q+A / Informal networking and conversation.
Impact Multidisciplinary - film studies, cultural geography, environmental studies
Start Year 2016
 
Description Cultural Planning for Sustainable Communities in Hackney Wick 
Organisation Hackney Wick Cultural Interest Group
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Learned Society 
PI Contribution Creative Wick are a social enterprise and Community Interest Company (CIC) and network operating as Hackney Wick & Fish Island Cultural Interest Group (CIG). Attendance at monthly meetings (May 2014- to date/ongoing), advice and support given the organiser and member organisations on a range of subjects and issues including, funding, strategy, research/surveys, policy
Collaborator Contribution Creative Wick and chairman Will Chamberlain have enabled this partnership and facilitated exchange and introductions to the network and members. Joint events, festivals and advice sessions have been held.
Impact Minutes of monthly meetings, 4 day festival (2015), design feasibility (waterside heritage buildings), funding bids/drafts, new partner website
Start Year 2014
 
Description Hydrocitizenship Project - Bristol Case Study (Water City Bristol) Desperate Men Theatre Company 
Organisation Desperate Men Theatre Company
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Members of the project team have worked very closely with the Desperate Men Theatre company to develop ideas and content for a series of event and performance for the Bristol Green Capital 2015 Bristol Loves Tides project which is supported by and in part a spin off from the Hydrocitizenship Project
Collaborator Contribution The Desperate Men theatre Company have brought the internationally renowned expertise in street theatre and public engagement to the project. Further collaborations between Professor Owain Jones these partners and Wye Valley AONB has resulted for Wye River Festival 2016
Impact A series of performances and films. See creative outputs and link to example above
Start Year 2014
 
Description Hydrocitizenship Project - Bristol Case Study (Water City Bristol) Small Works Press Bristol 
Organisation Letter Press Collective
Department Preservation Research and Testing Division
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The Bristol Hydrocitizenship team are working with the Letter Press Collective to create high quality art print outputs relating to certain aspects of the project. The Letter Press Collective have been engaged as freelance creatives who have attended a series of community events with a mobile printing press pulled by a bicycle
Collaborator Contribution The Letter Press Collective have contributed to a number of project community events. Their studio / print workshop has been made availabe for project meetings at no charge.
Impact A series of art print artifacts have been produced and are planned
Start Year 2016
 
Description Hydrocitizenship Project - Bristol Case Study Partnership Nova Arts 
Organisation Novartis
Country Global 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Nova Arts are Project Consultants on the Bristol Case Study. As an internationally recognised artists and scholars they are are carrying out a range of creqtive practice liaising fully with the Bristol team. They has taken part in all the main team meetings and are in the project email list
Collaborator Contribution Nova Arts are Project Consultants on the Bristol Case Study. As an internationally recognised artists and scholars they are are carrying out a range of creqtive practice liaising fully with the Bristol team. They has taken part in all the main team meetings and are in the project email list
Impact Nova have set up a case study Vimeo channel. It has 8 video on it https://vimeo.com/user45799094/videos
Start Year 2014
 
Description Hydrocitizenship Project - Lee Valley Case Study Partnership Lee Valley Park 
Organisation Lee Valley Regional Park Authority
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Hydrocitizenship Project - Lee Valley Case Study Partnership Lee Valley Park The Lee Valley Regional Park Authority (the Authority) is a statutory body responsible for managing and developing the 26 mile long, 10,000 acre linear Lee Valley Regional Park (Regional Park) - the only regional park serving London, Hertfordshire and Essex. The Authority has a broad and dynamic remit with a duty to develop and preserve leisure, recreation, sport and nature throughout the Regional Park. As part of this, the Authority is creating a zone of sporting excellence throughout the Regional Park which includes centres for athletics, horse riding, ice skating, sailing and golf. As the owner of three London 2012 venues, the Authority is playing a leading role to deliver an enduring and sustainable legacy from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The 2012 venues are Lee Valley VeloPark, which has the iconic Velodrome at its heart and is the finest cycling hub in the world; Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre, with ten tennis courts (four indoor and six outdoor) and two of the finest hockey pitches in the country- both venues are located on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and Lee Valley White Water Centre at Waltham Cross, Hertfordshire, the first 2012 venue to open to the public after the Games and the first to open before them. The Authority is also responsible for regenerating derelict and neglected land into high quality public open spaces and wildlife habitats of ecological importance, as well as preserving the region's historical value. The LVP have given team members access to their events and information in relation to working with local communities
Collaborator Contribution The LVP have given team members access to their events and information in relation to working with local communities
Impact A series of public events - most to take place in 2016 Multidisciplinary - geography, planning: cultural mapping - participant observation - interviews (ethnographic)
Start Year 2014
 
Description Hydrocitizenship Project - Lee Valley Case Study Partnership London Legacy Development Corporation 
Organisation The London Legacy Development Corporation
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution The London Legacy Development Corporation is responsible for the redevelopment of the 2012 Olympic Park - "to use the opportunity of the London 2012 Games to change the lives of people in east London and drive growth and investment in London and the UK, by developing an inspiring and innovative place where people want to live, work and visit." As a central element of this work focuses on the restoration of the Lee River and it environments the LLDC are a community partner in the Lee Valley Hydrocitizens case study and the partnership entails working on as range of community/environment engagement activities. Team members have attended LLDC seminars aimed at community liaison e.g. 'Who is Legacy for locally?'
Collaborator Contribution The LLDC have given team members access to their events and information in realtion to working with local communities and water issues
Impact The outcome of this partnership are to emerge in 2016 Multidisciplinary - geography, planning: cultural mapping - participant observation - interviews (ethnographic)
Start Year 2014
 
Description Hydrocitizenship Project - Lee Valley Case Study Partnership Love the Lea/Thames 21 
Organisation Love the Lea
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution The (funded) project consultant Loraine Leeson (artist) is running a project embedded within Love The Lea/THames 21
Collaborator Contribution From the website Through dialogue with Love the Lea/Thames21 the idea has developed to launch the Big Lottery-funded Active Energy Project in Bow, where the outflow from part of the Three Mills heritage site will be utilized to drive a small turbine. This will in turn power an aerator that will help oxygenate the water to counteract the effects of pollution and support the survival of fish. This is a continuing collaboration with The Geezers (Age Concern, Bow) and other partners including Love the Lea/T21 and the House Mill. The project will be led by Dr. Loraine Leeson Lee Valley Hydrocitizenship will be engaging with local schools and communities around to bring awareness to the project. Launch: National Mills Weekend, 14-15 May 2016 More detail: http://www.active-energy-london.org/
Impact Through dialogue with Love the Lea/Thames21 the idea has developed to launch the Big Lottery-funded Active Energy Project in Bow, where the outflow from part of the Three Mills heritage site will be utilized to drive a small turbine. This will in turn power an aerator that will help oxygenate the water to counteract the effects of pollution and support the survival of fish. This is a continuing collaboration with The Geezers (Age Concern, Bow) and other partners including Love the Lea/T21 and the House Mill. The project will be led by Dr. Loraine Leeson Lee Valley Hydrocitizenship will be engaging with local schools and communities around to bring awareness to the project. Launch: National Mills Weekend, 14-15 May 2016 More detail: http://www.active-energy-london.org/
Start Year 2014
 
Description Association of American Confernce Confernce session 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Session at the AAG 2016 conference organised by Graeme Evans with four papers by project team members

Details from programme

Towards Hydrocitizenship: Connecting communities with multiple water issues

Room: Salon II, JW Marriott Hotel, 2nd Floor (Paper Session)

ORGANIZER(S): Graeme Lorenzo Evans, Middlesex University

CHAIR(S): Graeme Lorenzo Evans, Middlesex University

Introducer: Graeme Lorenzo Evans

1:40 Simon Arthur Read*, Middlesex University London,
Cinderella River, The River Lea and the rehabilitation
of a utilitarian watercourse.

2:00 Ozlem Edizel*, Dr, Cultural Ecosystems Mapping in
Hackney Wick&Fish Island and Walthamstow.

2:20 Stephen Bottoms, Professor*, University of Manchester -
Manchester, HydroCitizenship in Shipley: Expanding
the Liquid Collective?.

2:40 Graeme Lorenzo Evans*, Middlesex University, Creative
engagement with urban water amenities - ecosystems
or everyday water encounters.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.aag.org/galleries/conference-files/AAG2016_Printed_Program_Full.pdf
 
Description Bristol Water Ways daylighting - water and place and memory workshops 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The Water City Bristol team in collaboration with artist Luci Gorell Barnes has run a series of workshops (6) in two South Bristol Community centres on 'daylighting' Bristol rivers with a particular focus on water memories . A series of participatory maps were produced that will turned into a display.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description FrANC Festival 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The Bristol case study team worked the community group Friends of Avon New Cut (FrANC) to help organise a 10 year celebration - which was part of a Heritage Lottery Funded programme of events for this group that works to care for and raise awareness of a stretch of Bristol's river Avon . The project team co-devised the programme of the day. We arranged displays of information; street events; street art; kids's making; music and film. Some of these being provided by another project partner - my future my choice. The event was reasonably well attended and we got very positive feedback from FrANC
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://www.flickr.com/photos/129343245@N07/albums/72157672628810543
 
Description Hidden Ecologies - eels - creative artist led workshops with Bristol Schools 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact The Water City Bristol team in collaboration with artist Luci Gorell Barnes has run a series of workshops (6) in two South Bristol Schools on hidden ecologies of Bristol rivers with a particular focus on eels. A series of drawings and audio clips were produced that has been turned into an animated film. Partners The Sustainable Eel Group took part in some of the workshops
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Hydrocitizenship Flickr 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A Flickr photo account where a series of albums show project events


2,136 Photos (from a range of projects). Average of 80 views per day
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2008,2009,2010,2011,2012
URL https://www.flickr.com/people/owainoj/
 
Description Hydrocitizenship Lee Valley Team Attend Hidden River Festival 10 Sept 2016. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Hydrocitizenship Lee Valley Team Attend Hidden River Festival 10 Sept 2016. The Lee Valley Case Study team had a stand at the festival at which they conducted cultural mapping of local water/community issues and conducted a visitor survey on behalf of the festival organisers

Extracts from the project blog

The Hidden River Festival is an free annual waterside festival, giving local people a chance to enjoy a mix of live music, food stalls, art and fun for all the family with the aim of connecting the communities living alongside the New River, which runs through Hackney and Haringey.

Lee Valley Hydrocitizenship held a cultural mapping stall at the festival and engaged with the local people about their views and perceptions of this rapid changing neighbourhood.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.leevalley.org/news/hidden-river-festival-woodberry-down
 
Description Hydrocitizenship Shipley Case Study Engagement Event DOCKFIELD OPEN DAY Q20 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Members of the project team attend DOCKFIELD OPEN DAY Q20
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL https://www.facebook.com/events/859279497472610/?active_tab=posts
 
Description Hydrocitizenship Shipley Case Study Engagement Local History group, hirst wood lock 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Members of the Shipley Case Study team attend Local History group, Hirst Wood Lock
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://multi-story-shipley.co.uk/?p=1265
 
Description Hydrocitizenship Shipley Case Study Engagement and Performance Event 2015 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The Hydrocitizenship Shipley Case Study participated in this vibrant, well-established street fair. The aim being to disseminate information and gather information relevant to the project

From the blog

This is a follow-up to a successful event with the same title that Eddie Lawler and I did for last year's festival. We were asked to do it again, as an opportunity for Half Moon Cafe to again show off their tasting menu We'll be presenting some of our stories and songs from last year, and also some new material in a new "mix". Please do join us for an intimate, atmospheric evening
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://multi-story-shipley.co.uk/?p=1230
 
Description Hydrocitizenship Shipley Case Study Engagement and Performance Event Shipley Street Arts Festival 2015 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The Hydrocitizenship Shipley Case Study participated in this vibrant, well-established street fair. The aim being to disseminate information and gather information relevant to the project

From the blog

Multi-Story Water was involved in various aspects of the festival - for example, there was a successful screening of our short film Wading to Shipley at the Ibis on the Sunday, and we'd also arranged with JBA Trust (based at Salts Mill) to display their water flume in the town square It demonstrates different forms of water flow, when you place different kinds of constructions or obstacles in a channel. On one level quite technical, it's actually really interesting to watch, and there was a lot of curiuos interest from passers-by

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Our main contribution to the festival, though, was an interactive performance piece called Seven Bridges, which used the Ibis as its starting point. Spectators (participants, is probably a better word) toured themselves east along the canal towpath towards Dockfields in groups of 4 or 5, and along the way they were given some game-like challenges to complete. They also would encounter various performers. Here's David Smith, for example, as a heritage tour guide from three hundred years in the future (2315), dressed as an ordinary canal buff from 2015 (geddit?), and pontificating about the significance of the "art" (aka graffiti) on Otley Road Bridge:
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://multi-story-shipley.co.uk/?m=201507
 
Description Hydrocitizenship Twitter 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The project Twitter Account
TWEETS
1,130
FOLLOWING
879
FOLLOWERS
643
LIKES
593
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014,2015,2016
URL https://twitter.com/Hydrocitizens
 
Description Hydrocitizenship Water City Bristol Flickr 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The Bristol Hydrocitizenship Case Study Flickr Account 1386 photos of projrect events in as series of albums. Stats unknown
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014,2015,2016
URL https://www.flickr.com/people/owainoj/
 
Description Hydrocitizenship YouTube Channel 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A You Tube Channe; of assorted projrect films and clips 18 films 1618 views
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013,2014,2015,2016
URL https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuMc0UdrbtytKSTKhjdzCYg
 
Description Hydrocitizenship project input into Wye River Festival 2016 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact AHRC Hydrocitizenship PI Professor Owain Jones was an academic advisor to the Wye River Festival 2016. This is a large 2 week event co-ordinate by the Wye Valley AONB who use it to help deliver their environmental and social objectives through arts based events. The festival and the Hydrocitizenship project share some creative partners. (Desperate Men Theatre). Professor Jones attended the theme development workshops of the festival, and thus some of the key project messages about communities living with water were taken up for the festival. Professor Jones wrote an essay for the Festival programme. (free - 15,000 copies produced). Bath Spa University also helped the festival with the loan of some equipment and Professor Jones attended some of the specific festival art events. A url to the programme is below. A summary film of the festival can be seen here https://vimeo.com/170193570.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014,2016
URL http://www.wyevalleyaonb.org.uk/images/uploads/general/Wye_Valley_River_Festival_Programme_mres.pdf
 
Description Lee Valley Hydrocitizenship team collaboration with the London Wildlife Trust at Walthamstow Wetlands 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact As part of our on-going collaboration with the London Wildlife Trust at Walthamstow Wetlands (http://www.walthamstow-wetlands.org.uk/) the Hydrocitizenship team helped out at their Volunteer Roadshow (12th March 2016). Rachel Smith, Walthamstow Wetlands Engagement Officer, had lovely things to say about our contribution! 'It is a pleasure to work with the Hydrocitizenship team who contributed hugely to the days' success through research technique training and cultural mapping with the volunteers'.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.leevalley.org/news/-walthamstow-wetlands-volunteer-roadshow
 
Description Lee Valley Hydrocitizenship team run a stall at House Mill, Three Mills during National Mills Weekend (14-15 May 2016) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Lee Valley Hydrocitizenship team run a stall at House Mill, Three Mills during National Mills Weekend (14-15 May 2016)

Come and chat to the Hydrocitizenship team outside the House Mill, Three Mills during National Mills Weekend (14-15 May 2016) to share your experiences and ideas about living, working and relaxing near the Three Mills and River Lee.

Also, find out more about the Active Energy project where the outflow from part of the Three Mills heritage site will be utilized to drive a slow moving stream wheel. This will generate sufficient power for an aerator that will help oxygenate the water to counteract the effects of pollution and support the survival of fish.

Looking forward to seeing you all and celebrating the National Mills Weekend.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.leevalley.org/news/-join-hydrocitizenship-team-at-house-mill-during-national-mills-weeken...
 
Description Lee Valley Hydrocitizenship team take part in Launch: National Mills Weekend, 14-15 May 2016 of Big Lottery-funded Active Energy Project 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Through dialogue with Love the Lea/Thames21 the idea has developed to launch the Big Lottery-funded Active Energy Project in Bow, where the outflow from part of the Three Mills heritage site will be utilized to drive a small turbine. This will in turn power an aerator that will help oxygenate the water to counteract the effects of pollution and support the survival of fish. This is a continuing collaboration with The Geezers (Age Concern, Bow) and other partners including Love the Lea/T21 and the House Mill. The project will be led by Dr. Loraine Leeson

Lee Valley Hydrocitizenship will be engaging with local schools and communities around to bring awareness to the project.

Launch: National Mills Weekend, 14-15 May 2016
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Lee Valley Hydrocitizenship team take part in The East End Canal Festival 6/27/2016 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Lee Valley Hydrocitizenship team take part in The East End Canal Festival 6/27/2016

The East End Canal Festival took place on Sunday June 26th at the Art Pavilion, Mile End Park. The event celebrated and promoted the canals as a community asset for the East End.

The turn out was great and people were very much interested in the activities and exhibition. The Festival builds on the work of the East End Canal Heritage Project, run by Laburnum Boat Club and supported by funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The Festival showcased the project's work uncovering the stories and images of the Regent's and Hertford Union Canals over the last almost 200 years, which was moving and interesting. Activities including boat trips, workshops, art exhibition and stalls captured the interest of locals. Overall, it was a very good way to relax, learn and enjoy a sunny Sunday by the canal.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.leevalley.org/news/-the-east-end-canal-festival
 
Description Lee Valley-Hydrocitizenship team attend and participate in Firs Farm Wetlands Festival ?16 July 2016 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Lee Valley-Hydrocitizenship team attend and participate in Firs Farm Wetlands Festival ?16 July 2016

The festival was great success thanks to organisers and volunteers. The range of activities and stalls kept the festival ground busy all day long. Lee Valley-Hydrocitizenship team hosted a cultural mapping stall during the festival.

The festival was great success thanks to organisers and volunteers. The range of activities and stalls kept the festival ground busy all day long. Lee Valley-Hydrocitizenship team hosted a cultural mapping stall during the festival. Hydrocitizenship stall was one of the liveliest areas of festival along with London Wildlife Trust, Love the Lea/Thames 21 and Thames Water. More than 20 people took part in the cultural mapping study and shared their experiences and ideas about living around Firs Farm. Thanks to Luciana Alves (PhD student at the Department of Natural Science, Middlesex University) for her help during day. Detailed analysis and results report will be available on our website soon.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.leevalley.org/news/firs-farm-wetlands-festival
 
Description Live projection of footage from Kiribati on to houses in Borth 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Artist Esther Tew (commissioned through the research project 'Hydrocitizenship') projected footage on to houses in Borth, mid-Wales as part of an artistic event. These included interviews with locals. It was an opportunity to also project footage from Kiribati ('Troubled Waters') in the same space, and to connect the local to the global, in terms of climate vulnerability. This fed into a continued dialogue with the public that was facilitated by Esther Tew in the same area over the same weekend. This was in great contrast to an Environment Agency (as they were then) meeting to consult with Borth locals over climate vulnerability, which was very poorly attended.The projections were experienced by many people who had come specifically for the event, but also drew attention from the many people who were passing on the way to the pub (to watch rugby!).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.hydrocitizens.com/blogs/item/water-water-everywhere-princess-street-projections
 
Description Presentation of research on eels at international conference (Lisbon): paper title: Biophysical flows and commercial flows: the mixing of eels and people on the Severn estuary' (conference: Oceans & Shores: Heritage, People and Environments) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Talk based on research on eels (part of Hidden Ecologies research strand) that promoted discussion of eels as an ingredient of biocultural heritage, regionally and internationally.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Professor Steve Bottom performs at Bradford Festival 2016 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact From the project blog

Yesterday I was with some of the Friends of Bradford's Becks, representing the Beck in the city centre as part of the, er, Ilkley Literature Festival's contribution to this weekend's Bradford Festival. Thanks to Geoff Roberts for this group photo of the contributors


This was a poetry event, presented in Waterstone's (in Bradford's historic Wool Exchange), and hosted by FoBB chairman Barney Lerner (second on left). This year FoBB has published a book of poems about Bradford Beck, by a range of local poets, and has even recorded a CD of many of them being read. It's all part of an ongoing attempt to raise awareness of the Beck, to speak of it in language even when it can't be seen with the eyes
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://multi-story-shipley.co.uk/?m=201607
 
Description Public Event: Book Launch of Cinderella River: The Evolving Story of the River Lee; By Simon Read; 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The launch took place in the Turbine Room of the Walthamstow Wetlands Centre. 25th February 2018. It was photographed by Professor Owain Jones there are pictures of the Centre and surrounding landscape too. The celebrated landscape writer Ken Worpole gave a talk as part of the event, as did Professor Owain Jones and artist Iain Biggs. Approx 40 people attended for 2 hours, hearing talks and discussion afterwards. Approx 10 of the books were sold. Others given to guests/project team members. Members of other water focused project teams (Deptford Creole Living Histories) attended and promised to follow up.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.leevalley.org/documents-and-outputs.html
 
Description Screening of the film TIMELINE at the University of Adelaide 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The University of Adelaide and the EU Centre for Global Affairs convened a conference with the J.M. Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice, called: H20: Life and Death. TIMELINE, (featuring footage associated with two research projects: Troubled Waters and Hydrocitizenship) was one of the films screened at an event that was open to the public. According to Professor Christina Slade (representing the Global Academy of Liberal Arts): 'There were calls for Sara's powerfully polemic and moving documentary to be shown more widely'. Dr Jenny Newell (Acting Director, Australian Museum) praised the film as engaging and touching, and the conference organiser Camille Marie Eugenie Rouliere reported that the film 'generated a very interesting debate on what the Humanities can contribute to changing people's (unsustainable) behaviours'.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://gala.network/university-of-adelaide/2017/03/21/h2o-life-and-death-an-interdisciplinary-confer...
 
Description Tidal Cultures Blog 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact This is a blog about Tidal Cultures. It was started for an NWO-AHRC grant. It is now being used for the tidal elements of the Hydrocitizenship Bristol Case Study. Views: 4252 in 2014; 6542 in 2016; 2179 views Jan Feb 2017. 22 Followers
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011,2012,2014,2015,2016
URL https://tidalcultures.wordpress.com/
 
Description Tidal Cultures Twitter 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Tidal Cultures Twitter Account. This was started as for an NWO-AHRC project. It is now used for the tidal elements of the Towards Hydrocitizenship Project

Tweets 799
Following 618
Followers 549
Likes 442
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012,2013,2014,2016
URL https://twitter.com/TidalCultures
 
Description Tidal Festival; Shirehampton; Bristol 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The Bristol Case Study team co-created a Tidal Festival with a local community group and environment group Friends of Lamplighters Marsh. The event involved a series of arts based activities, film, model boats (fireworks), poetry, music, performance, guided walk, print making, performative installation. Held in a key tidal location in Bristol, is was stage between low tide and high tide. A local pub hosted the fil and the music and put on a special tidal festival menu.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.watercitybristol.org/blog/tidal-festival-lamplighters-marsh-15-oct-2016