Memory of Water

Memory of Water is an artist-led project exploring the impact of participatory arts practice on the future of waterfront heritage zones. Funded by Creative Europe and with local support in six partner cities, the project is being developed and delivered by members of the River Cities Network over two years.

Artists from Gdansk, Govan, Gothenburg/Stockholm, Ostend, Levadia, and Limerick will collaborate with community groups, engineers, politicians, residents and urban planners. These cities are defined by their post-industrial waterfronts: some are making successful progress while others struggle with abandonment or gentrification.

Memory of Water poses the question: what’s next for waterfront heritage zones?  The participating partners will collaborate on four artist-led City Labs, three artist residencies programmes, a digital exhibition, networking, public events, and a filmed documentary. Artists will share and develop skills, examining how accepted histories clash and compliment what has been lost, forgotten or abbreviated.

Ormston House is a project partner on Memory of Water with Fablevision (Scotland), Intercult (Sweden), the Municipality of Levadia (Greece), Nadbaltyckie Centrum Kultury (Poland), and Stad Ostend (Belgium).


1 July 2018 - 30 November 2020

Image: Installation detail from the Museum of Mythological Water Beasts (2018) at Ormston House featuring (L-R) Site by Mary Conroy; objects from the Limerick Museum selected by Niamh Porter and Caimin Walsh; Water Senses by Ruth Le Gear; Cargo by Chris Boland; Display Model by Damien Flood. Photograph by Jed Niezgoda.

Mary Conroy will be the Irish artist participating in Memory of Water (2018-2020).

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