BA Architecture Studio Leader, Katy Beinart is one five artists participating in ‘The Ring’ a major arts programme supported by the Canal & River Trust, that will celebrate the rebirth of an historic 21-mile Worcestershire canal.
From September 2017 until September 2018, internationally acclaimed artists, as well as artists from across the region will be working with local communities to create a series of unexpected and inspiring artworks, events and activities exploring the heritage, ecology and local community along the urban and rural waterways of Worcestershire. The ambition, calibre and breadth of the dynamic contemporary arts programme will be a cultural first for the waterways of this region.
Audiences will be invited to explore on foot, by boat or bicycle a series of five public art commissions, as well as a series of works by local artists. Activities will take place along the waterways encircling Droitwich and Worcester and includes the Worcester & Birmingham Canals, the Droitwich Canals and the River Severn.
After 75 years, the Droitwich Canals were restored, resulting in the reconnection of the Mid-Worcestershire Ring in 2011, a 21-mile route, reconnecting Droitwich to the River Severn and from there the open sea. The restoration involved decades of hard work in which 300,000 tons of mud was shifted by volunteers and canal workers. Today, the waterway is a thriving boating route and a peaceful retreat for the local community and wildlife.
The Ring is part of the Canal & River Trust’s Arts on the Waterways programme, a collaborative arts programme situated on and inspired by waterways in England and Wales.
Each of the five artist commissions will result in a new public artwork being produced. Katy is one of three to have had her commission ‘Droitwich Salt Heritage’ confirmed. Being an interdisciplinary artist Katy will be bringing together her interests in public art practices, urban regeneration, migration, heritage and salt to create a new public art commission that will sit within the geographic context of the Droitwich Canal. Based in central Droitwich, where the Droitwich Barge Canal enters a small basin (Netherwich Canal Basin in Vines Park). She plans to create an artwork to engage a wide audience in the unique salt heritage of Droitwich and help to impart the significance of this historical waterway. The canal was reopened in 2011 following a major restoration programme, including the Netherwich Canal Basin which was the terminus of the Barge Canal where larger vessels came to pick up salt from the brine springs.