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Timely art installation set to make a splash on Aldeburgh Beach

PUBLISHED: 15:28 26 July 2018 | UPDATED: 07:57 27 July 2018

Flora Gathorne-Hardy, right, and Miche Fabre Lewin of Touchstones arts and ecology practice at Aldeburgh Beach Lookout Tower with samples of water collected from local water bodies Picture: TOUCHSTONES

Flora Gathorne-Hardy, right, and Miche Fabre Lewin of Touchstones arts and ecology practice at Aldeburgh Beach Lookout Tower with samples of water collected from local water bodies Picture: TOUCHSTONES

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As the heatwave hits water reserves and crops, artists will be keeping the wet stuff centre-stage at a thought-provoking installation on Aldeburgh Beach.

One of the water samples  collected from local water bodies for the Life of Water exhibition at Aldeburgh Beach Picture: TOUCHSTONESOne of the water samples collected from local water bodies for the Life of Water exhibition at Aldeburgh Beach Picture: TOUCHSTONES

Suffolk-based Flora Gathorne-Hardy and Miche Fabre Lewin, of Touchstones arts and ecology practice, will be looking at the Life of Water through a range of mediums including films, literature, tastings, music and dance on Saturday, July 28, from 11am to 4pm.

The exhibition, at Aldeburgh Beach South Lookout, includes an installation on two levels – in the gallery space and on the beach, and high up in the lookout tower

Miche, who along with Flora has been artist in residence at the Lookout since July 23, said: “During the week, we have been exploring our relationship to water and its importance for the health of our bodies and the body of the planet.

“Over the days, we have been gathering water from different bodies of water, including a borehole bringing water up from the water table, a pond filled by rainwater, the River Alde as it runs through farmland and in the estuary, bath water and used household water, samples from a recycling plant and water gathered from the North Sea at Aldeburgh beach.

A poster for the Life of Water exhibition at Aldeburgh Beach Lookout Tower Picture: TOUCHSTONESA poster for the Life of Water exhibition at Aldeburgh Beach Lookout Tower Picture: TOUCHSTONES

“By making visible all these different sources, we are looking to have conversations with people and share experiences about the matter of water to discover how we can all be part of taking responsibility and become water guardians at every stage of the living cycle of water.”

The artists are research associates at the Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience (CAWR) at Coventry University.

Its director, Professor Michel Pimbert said: “At CAWR, we are committed to bringing together the social and natural sciences with the place-based knowledge of farmers, water-users, men, women and children, and citizens generally.”

The timely exhibition is supported by Anglian Water’s Keep it Clear programme, which aims to show how important the water recycling process is and how to safeguard it in homes, schools and workplaces.

The scheme’s community engagement manager Collette Parker said: “Engaging with communities on these essential messages in a variety of ways is vital.”

The Life of Water residency forms part of ‘Alive in the Universe’, an ongoing multi-media arts initiative curated by Caroline Wiseman.

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