Severn River Project
artist Claire Barber and Morag Colquhoun
location BRITAIN, Wales, River Severn
region 4 West (West)
index no. 05.4.01
about the media Booklet in Welsh and English, with text fragments, photographs and a short introduction to the project.
about the project Claire Barber and Morag Colquhoun wanted to make art in response to the River Severn and its forest setting in Mid Wales. The River Severn is the longest British river, at 354 kilometres long, rising in Wales and passing through a number of English counties.
Barber invented a special bicycle tour along the river. A group of 24 boys and girls made the tour along the river, their bicycle wheels wrapped with silk ribbons. In that way, the trace of their journey was ‘printed’ onto the ribbons.
Colquhoun created 49 miniature coracles, small boats that, thousand years ago, were used for transport and fishing on the River Severn. Colquhoun’s coracles had printed messages on them about the river. She sent them floating down the River Severn, as a human addition to the ecosystem.
about artist and participants In September 2004 the artists Claire Barber and Morag Colquhoun each worked over four weeks with school pupils and other community members living along the River Severn in Mid Wales. Prior to their journey, the coracles were exhibited in the Oriel Davies Gallery.
organisations Oriel Davies Gallery, Cywaith Cymru, Artworks Wales, Arts Council of Wales, Forestry Commission Wales