Memory of Water

Memory of Water is an artist-led project exploring post-industrial waterfront heritage in the context of urban planning and community development. 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 Gdańsk, Govan, Göteborg/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 twenty-three interconnected activities including four artist-led City Labs, six international residencies, and a filmed documentary. Artists will share and develop skills, examining how accepted histories clash and compliment what has been lost, forgotten or abbreviated.

The project artists are ts Beall, Rafika Chawishe, Mary Conroy, Jonas Myrstrand, Siegfried Vynck, and Iwona Zając. Ormston House is a project partner on Memory of Water with Fablevision in Scotland, Intercult in Sweden, the Municipality of Levadia in Greece, Nadbaltyckie Centrum Kultury in Poland, and Stad Ostend in 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). #MemoryofwaterEU
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