DELUGE Travelling Residency

Deluge is an exciting new climate travelling residency project that links together three saltmarsh coastline locations:

-Firth of Forth, Edinburgh/Musselburgh (Art Walk Projects)
-Barrow in Furness, Cumbria (Art Gene)
-Wadden Sea, Netherlands (University of Groningen – History of Art, Architecture, Landscape Dept)

The project centres on artistic responses to the climate emergency pairing together three artists (one artist from each location) and three organisations across these different locations. The three coastlines are all based at important saltmarsh locations, containing crucial ecosystems, which play an integral part in tidal wetland systems and in sequestering global marine carbon. The different artists will respond to each of these sites individually and collectively through a process of collaboration and partnership with the three organisations. Based around an initial travelling residency, with each artist spending time in the other locations, a project will evolve that draws upon ways to engage with the climate emergency specific to each coastline. As a whole, the project will assess the place and value of contemporary practice to further critical debate within the field of climate arts. This DELUGE project is being run as part of Art Walk Project’s SALT programme, supported by Creative Scotland, and created in collaboration with Art Gene (Barrow in Furness) & University of Groningen (Netherlands).

The residencies will commence in 2022 with each artist visiting the other two locations in a relay-style method, visiting and meeting with each pairing organisation and the artist resident at each location. This will be interspersed with a series of online meetings and public events and form part of Art Walk Project’s SALT eco arts/science programme culminating with an exhibition in March 2023 documenting the travelling residency.