Rivers of Life Exhibition:
Our 2 year project 'Rivers of Life' funded by Give it Sum has
now ended. We celebrated the culmination of this exciting and
rewarding project with a final celebration and exhibition on
Monday and Tuesday 9th and 10th October in Leek coinciding
with World Mental Health Day.
The private view on the evening of the 9th October went
extremely well. An invited audience of about 80 or ninety
people attended. The exhibition was opened by George Wiskin
who until recently was the chairman of the local PCT. There
was an extremely interesting talk by Aidan Shingler ‘Art and
Schizophrenia’ together with music from Joe Tatton and
The exhibition was open to the public on Tuesday 10th October and was
also well attended, giving us the opportunity to highlight our
work to a wider audience.
In this section during the coming months we hope to
show a gallery of artwork and writing from the ‘Rivers of
Life’ project to give some idea of the high standard and
variety of the work produced.
Manifold Magic CD:
The first ‘Rivers of Life’ workshop took place in April 2005.
The workshop was led by Torben Frank We explored the Manifold
Valley near Wetton Mill and recorded river sounds and took
digital photographs. This was followed by an intensive music
technology session at the Warslow on-line suite. The sound
files produced were then mixed at Torben’s recording studio
and piano music added by Marianne Forelius. The final result
was a CD called ‘Manifold Magic’ - 5 minutes of relaxing
sounds of water, voice and music.
The CD (pictured below) is available to buy from Borderland
Voices £3.00 inc. post and packing.
firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like a copy.
Writing from Magical Manifold:
Playful water, playful people
River releasing the child in each one
Ruby’s watercolours capturing
Browns, greys, olive greens and duns
that glide on and on.
I am so tiny
The human eye
I can grow
I cover the earth
on the channels
of liquid they call rivers
big holes filled with lake
huge expanses of heaving sea
building up into mountains
that devour the land
while I remain