A project by Stuart Bowditch and Ruth Philo with the people and communities along the River Stour, which flows through Cambridgeshire, Suffolk and Essex.
Building on their previous collaboration To The Lighthouse, a film about the decommissioned Orford Ness Lighthouse, sound recordist Stuart Bowditch and painter Ruth Philo have been awarded funding to work on their next film, The River Runs Through Us.
Ignoring the notion of the river as a boundary, in this age where increasingly borders and divisions are drawn, the artists aim to discover a deeper connectedness and the primitive co-dependency that exists between people and water.
The artists will host a series of walks-and-talks and a swim through the Stour Valley during the summer of 2017 with local experts on the river's connections with ecology, literature, wildlife, writers and artists.
The film will be screened at outdoor locations alongside the river, such as pub gardens, with audiences brought together by boat from both river banks. The project will culminate in an exhibition at The Boat House Gallery (NT) at Flatford, July to August 2018.
This project is the seed event for the inaugural year of the River Stour Festival that takes place in 2018.
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See below a film of our foraging walk by Matthew Rooney, made by James Ravinet.
Funded by Arts Council England and AONB Dedham Vale