Residents invited to go with the flow for River Cam art project

News release from 31/08/2018

LOCAL people are being invited to take part in a special art event to mark the start of a public art commission which celebrates the role of the River Cam in shaping the city of Cambridge.

‘FLOW’, is the first work by Caroline Wright in her role as artist in residence for the River Cam, for which she was recently appointed by Cambridge City Council for a 12 month period.

On Saturday 8 September a variety of river users will help transport some precious cargo upstream along a route from Fen Ditton to Trumpington.

The organisers are appealing for volunteers to help carry the cargo along the route using different modes of transport such as bicycle, canoe, rowing boat, on foot, mobility scooter, buggy, punt and more.

People wishing to take part in FLOW are asked to email cat@artsadmin.co.uk indicating which modes of transport they could contribute, and their connection to the River Cam.

The event will form part of a weekend of art installations and happenings in Cambridge called In Your Way, which is supported by the council and also needs volunteers to take part in activities.

Among the artworks appearing in the city centre for In Your Way will be a temporary wooden pavilion being constructed on Christ’s Pieces and 100,000 pennies filling a disused fountain at Quayside.

Cllr Katie Thornburrow, Executive Councillor for Streets and Open Spaces, said: “FLOW looks set to be a great way to kick off the events created by Caroline Wright to mark the significance of the River Cam in the life of the city, from its earliest origins right up to today.

“Anyone who enjoys or uses the river in any way is invited to take part in this and all of the events. The participation of local people will play a crucial role in helping Caroline develop her themes and ideas to tell the story of the Cam.”

Caroline Wright said: “The river flows, a passing of time, a freedom of movement. Working with the people of the city, the work marks the river’s path with a line of participants along its route through the city, transcending boundaries and pathways by using different forms of transport.

“FLOW draws the river via a human exchange. From foot to punt to bike to boat, a token of the river will be transferred from one end to another, carried by the tide of human hands rather than the water itself.”

The £90k commission is being funded by Public Art S106 contributions from developers, which have been negotiated specifically for public art and cannot be used for anything else.

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