Lowestoft residents are invited to explore their relationship with the sea, and to be part of unique art installations across the town, through FREE poetry and visual arts workshops taking place this month.
Watertight Words, a cultural animation project linking to the Lowestoft Flood Risk Management Project, will create a series of striking typographical installations in various locations around the town as well as a legacy engraving as part of the permanent flood defences.
The project is run by Flipside and is part of Great Places – Making Waves Together, which is funded by Arts Council England and the Heritage Lottery, supported by Historic England.
Earlier this year, the project worked with Lowestoft Rising and the Cultural Education Partnership to engage with more than 1,000 young people across Lowestoft primary and secondary schools.
Now, the wider community is invited to get involved in the project through a series of free community workshops. Running throughout May, these workshops will explore, through language and poetry, people’s responses to the sea, its history of flooding and what the building of this extensive new flood wall will mean - for the town’s future resilience as a safe and sustainable environment in which to live and work.
Residents are invited to come along to any of the workshops, as follows:
The words and phrases developed through both the schools and community workshops will be collated and award-winning lettering artist Gary Breeze will use them in a series of temporary typographic art installations that will appear around the town whilst the new sea wall is being constructed.
Gary Breeze and Lowestoft-born poet Dean Parkin will also create a piece of large-scale public art on the glass section of the brand new sea wall, which will be located on South Pier.
The Great Places scheme will enable cultural and heritage organisations to make a step-change in how they work together with other organisations in other sectors to ensure that arts, culture and heritage contribute more to meeting local social and economic objectives.
The Lowestoft Flood Risk Management Project is about delivering a way forward to reduce the risk of flooding from the sea, rivers and from extreme rainfall. When completed, the £32m scheme will make sure that over 400 homes and businesses are better protected, as well as supporting the economic growth and regeneration of Lowestoft for many years to come.