Walthamstow Wetlands artist-in-residence, Fearghus Ó Conchúir, presents Interdependence...
Next week marks the opening of Interdependence, a film examining Walthamstow Wetlands as a site of refuge and sanctuary by artist-in-residence and independent choreographer Fearghus Ó Conchúir. Based in the Engine House at the Wetlands, the film will be exhibited from Tuesday 27 November 2018.
During his six month residency, Ó Conchúir explored Walthamstow Wetlands, creating dances inspired by the land, the wildlife and the reservoir infrastructure. Drawing on his past experiences of developing embodied performance in a variety of sites, contexts and communities, Interdependence showcases the fruitful connections between different people, different experiences, the human and the non-human.
Since opening to the general public in October 2017, Walthamstow Wetlands has established a three year long artist-in-residency programme. The first artist in residence was Nisha Duggal, who presented Flight, a mixed-media installation on migration and the primal.
Cllr Paul Douglas, Junior Cabinet Member for Culture, commented: “The Walthamstow Wetlands artist-in-residence programme is an integral element in our cultural event series here in Waltham Forest. Fearghus Ó Conchúir’s Interdependence is a beautiful work that is inspired by our local landscape and wildlife, and it is a real testament to how art and location can interlink. It’s a fantastic exhibition, one we’re very proud to be showcasing in our year as the first London Borough of Culture.”
Interdependence opens at Walthamstow Wetlands on Tuesday 27 November and will run until 31 May 2019. A private view will take place on Monday 26 November. If you would like to attend the private view, please register for your free ticket.
A further artist-in-residence will join Walthamstow Wetlands in June 2019. Additionally, Waltham Forest’s year as the first London Borough of Culture in 2019 coincides with Bauhaus centenary. To celebrate this, the London Borough of Culture 2019 team are accepting applications for a major artist residency in partnership with Walthamstow Wetlands and William Morris Gallery. For more information on the Bauhaus Residency, please see the Waltham Forest Council website.
About Fearghus Ó Conchúir
Fearghus Ó Conchúir is an independent choreographer and dance artist. Brought up in the Ring Gaeltacht in Ireland, he completed degrees in English and European Literature at Magdalen College Oxford, before training at London Contemporary Dance School. Fearghus is one of the founding Associate Artists at Project Arts Centre. He gained his PhD at the Geography Department in NUI Maynooth with the support of an IRC Employment-based Scholarship. Frequently collaborating with artists and experts from other disciplines, he is a champion for what dance can help us understand about how we live in the world. His film and live performances, presented around the world, create frameworks for audiences and artists to build communities together. In 2018, Fearghus was appointed Artistic Director of National Dance Company Wales.Visit: fearghus.net
About Walthamstow Wetlands
Walthamstow Wetlands is a partnership project between the London Borough of Waltham Forest, Thames Water and London Wildlife Trust – with £4.47m funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Located 15 minutes from central London, Walthamstow Wetlands is both a 211 hectare nature reserve and also a Thames Water operational site supplying 3.5 million people with drinking water. It is also London’s largest recreational fishery. The site has now been redeveloped into Europe’s largest urban wetland nature reserve and in October 2017 it opened its gates to the wider public for the very first time in 150 years. With an abundance of wildlife and a rich industrial history, Walthamstow Wetlands offers a haven to explore, enjoy and connect with nature whilst the newly renovated Engine House includes a cafe, visitor centre and shop. Visit walthamstowwetlands.com
About London Borough of Culture 2019
Waltham Forest is the Mayor’s first London Borough of Culture. The award, the flagship programme in his culture strategy, was a major new initiative launched by Sadiq to put culture at the heart of London’s communities. More than 15,000 people backed Waltham Forest’s bid, which aims to inspire 85% of households to participate in the cultural year, engage every school in the area in arts and culture, and to attract over half a million new visitors to the borough. The year will explore the themes ‘Radicals’, ‘Makers’ and ‘Fellowship’ in a collaboration between local residents, artists and creatives creating a once in a life time celebration of the place we call ‘home’. Waltham Forest, London Borough of Culture 2019 will shine a light on the character, diversity and cultures of the borough, the things we have in common and the things that make us different, a year-long celebration of the real cultures of London by the people who live here. Visit wfculture19.co.uk.