"Canalology 2014" is a one day festival along the Lea Valley canal in Tottenham, London.
The festival, which takes place on Saturday, 3rd May 2014, has been organised by POST artists’ network and brings together the work of twelve artists and artist groups whose work responds to place.
POST is a prominent UK peer network for artists. The group is committed to bringing art to interesting and unconventional spaces, as well as to supporting emerging and established artists through skill sharing and collaboration. Recent projects include Construction Gallery in Tooting, and Cascades at Studio 180. The group have also exhibited as part of Hackney Wicked.
POST have had Britain’s canals in their sights for some time; these industrial waterways are the hidden green arteries of our cities, bringing together old and new, natural and man-made, the ordinary and the strange. Four POST members are Tottenham-based and the time the group spent in this part of London helped cement the decision to hold the pilot in a series of canal based events here. Canalology 2014 is supported by Arts Council England.
The 12 artists and artists groups all make temporary publicly-sited works using a range of media. We'll be staging humorous installation-performances by BBKP, Ilka Leukefeld, Fiona Long, Atelier FraSe and The Unasked-for Public Art Agency (Marco Cali, Pippa Koszerek & Aliki Kylika), film and internet works by Helena Wee, Olga Koroleva and Samantha Penn, alternative mappings and publications by Jenny Rolfe-Herbert, Natasha Vicars and Mary Yacoob. You can find out more about each artist at http://postartists.com/canalology/ '
The twelve artists and artist groups will adopt a range of media, from sculpture to storytelling, to explore life around the Lea Valley canal. In the run-up to the festival the group will post their progress online at postartists.com/canalology and sponsoring the event will earn you the chance to become a Canalologist and take away a piece of the festival in the form of an artwork or an experience. Workshops, walking tours and performances are already taking shape and the canal on 3rd May will spring to life with boat building, ad-hoc video editing and green candy floss.
With Canalology, POST aims to bring new attention to the role of canals within our cities and their potential as spaces for artistic exploration. It’s important to us that our audience feels as involved and connected to the project as we do - after all Canalology will run alongside the daily lives and histories of those visiting. We aim to find out and present fascinating things about Tottenham; to show this part of the capital in different and interesting ways in the understanding that, while art can temporarily alter the landscape in surprising and magical ways, the character of the canals is a true one off.
We would love to see you in Tottenham on 3rd May and hope you will consider sponsoring our project. We need £16,400 to bring this project to life and we already are almost there with a grant from Arts Council England's Grants for the arts fund, but we need the last £1500 to make the festival everything we plan it to be! Your support will ensure we can provide a great experience with far reaching publicity, strong local presence, clear signage, high quality artworks and ultimately a strong legacy. Please take a look at the rewards we're offering. Thank you!
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