Deluge Project Talk with Anna-Rosja Haveman and Maddi Nicholson


Location: Art Walk Hub

Date/Time: Sat 9 September 4pm to Sat 9 September 5.30pm

A talk with researcher and curator Anna-Rosja Haveman; Maddi Nicholson, director of Art Gene, Cumbria; and artists Linde Ex, Dana Olărescu, and Oscar van Heek.

Anna-Rosja Haveman discusses the idea that artists who create work in and about the environment often do so with an underlying intention: to bring about a positive change in the viewer’s awareness. Haveman’s talk elaborates on a case-study about the art collective De Onkruidenier, who created a participatory learning experience Relearning Aquatic Evolution (2022) in the Dutch Wadden Sea. 

Maddi Nicholson is dicussing her work both as an artist and as
director of Art Gene, an organisation in  Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, England that delivers environmentally focused projects with artists and communities. Nicholson’s  previous works include Going home from here, an inflated replica of a Barrow terraced house due for demolition; and Seldom Seen, an audio walking tour app exploring hidden stories around Morecambe Bay.

Anna-Rosja Haveman is a PhD researcher, curator and teacher at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands. Her research incolves working collaboratively with contemporary artists who represent, question and reimagine the Dutch coast. Cristina Lucas: Environment is Us, an exhibition curated by Haveman on the work of the Spanish artist, is on currently view at Mueum Kranenburgh in Bergen, Netherlands.  

Maddi Nicholson Artist Maddi Nicholson is founder and director of Art Gene – A Centre for Arts and Environment in Barrow- in-Furness, Cumbria, England. Art Gene delivers environmentally focused projects, residencies, exhibitions, and symposiums engaging artists and communities in the regeneration of their social, natural and built environment, across some of the most economically and culturally deprived electoral wards in Europe.

All of the artists involved in the DELUGE project plan to be present at all DELUGE events. They are currently working together to create a series of exhibitions across the three sites in 2024 and 2025.