Yarmouth Springs Eternal: The Summer Solstice Approaches…

Fig, and other plants, growing around a drainpipe (image credit_Genevieve Rudd)

The Yarmouth Springs Eternal project centres on the celebration of everyday experiences of the natural world, from the overhanging garden hedges trailing blossom in the street to patches of greenery hidden down alleyways. We have been walking and exploring the streets of Great Yarmouth since April, noticing Spring unfold together, and discovering some surprising delights.

The public events programme

Most recently, in our public programme that launched after our Conference in May, we have had a stimulating series of walks, workshops and events, and there is still more to come during our final Summer Solstice weekend!

Walking with Jacques Nimki (image credit_Genevieve Rudd)

Last week, Bill Vine led two sound walks exploring Great Yarmouth through meditative tuning in. We compared the jangled sounds of the amusements to the relatively calm swooshing of machinery from industrial units. The experience encouraged reflective thoughts how much our brain was filtering subconsciously and the heightened experience of close noticing.

During Jacques Nimki’s two walks, we discovered surprising plantlife, such as a miniature fig plant growing from a drainpipe, and a sweet smelling patch of Matricaria discoidea aka ‘pineappleweed’ growing behind some restaurant bins. It’s amazing how connecting closely with the senses can make and trigger memories, as Jacques’ said, “pineapples will no longer conjure up visions of tropical islands, but a car park in the back streets of Yarmouth for everyone that came along.”

On Saturday at our #MyJam Culture Sharing Lab event, organised by Jules Devonshire of orignalprojects;, we were joined by Sean Roy Parker aka Fermental Health alongside Holly Sandiford’s kimchi and kombucha photography and Tiah-Paige Burrell’s natural dye rune art. The event was a great success for its experimental sharing through tastings, demos, conversation and learning about the culture of cultured goods.

Sean Roy Parker aka Fermental Health giving a demo at #MyJam Culture Sharing Lab (image credit_Genevieve Rudd)

This week, I’m leading a cyanotype workshop, exploring a technique that kicked off the initial Yarmouth Springs Eternal community walks/workshops series back in April. We’ll be working on location around town and gathering found materials for our sunprints.

There is still time to see and experience the work of Bill Vine, Company Drinks, Jacques Nimki, James Aldridge and Jason Evans, plus Climate Museum UK, a plant and fermented goods swap/share table. The exhibition is open daily until Sunday 20th June from 12pm-5:30pm (closing at 4pm on Sunday) at PRIMEYARC, Market Gates Shopping Centre.

The overall ethos is about nurturing a personal connection to nature through sensory experiential experiences – walking, talking, sharing, touching, seeing, smelling and, with thanks to Company Drinks’ contribution to the exhibition, tasting some delicious community-made cordials on offer during the show!

To bring the project to a close, we are delighted that our exhibition artist Jason Evans will be hosting a weekend of Photowalks around Great Yarmouth. He’ll be sharing some of his own creative approaches to photography in these informal walks around town. The groups are small to encourage conversation and sharing, please book your place via Eventbrite:

SUMMER SOLSTICE PHOTOGRAPHY WALK WITH JASON EVANS

These fun, informal sessions are designed to expand your experience of photography ideas and techniques, responding to project exhibition.

Flower Power, 2018 by Jason Evans and The Garden Gate Project

Walking and looking with a medium format film camera, participants will create a record of unexpected nature and organic surprises in Great Yarmouth over the Summer Solstice weekend.

Participants can bring their own photography kit (camera or camera phone). No previous experience is necessary to take part.

Sat, 19 June
10:30 – 13:00 | Booking Link
15:00 – 17:30 | Booking Link

Sun, 20 June
10:30 – 13:00 | Booking Link
16:00 – 18:30 | Booking Link

The Yarmouth Springs Eternal Play Book

And finally, to bring the creativity of the artists and participants from the initial April to May community walks/workshops programme back round again, we’ll be launching our Yarmouth Springs Eternal Play Book on the Summer Solstice weekend. It features creative arts and nature activities to do on a walk or at home from Georgie Manly, Ligia Macedo aka Gia, Mark Cator, Kaavous Clayton and me. These were the ideas we first explored together back in early Spring and encourage simple and playful ways to connect with the natural world found around town. It’ll be available in print and online.

The activities, events, artist commissions and behind the scenes work for Yarmouth Springs Eternal has been led by me, Genevieve Rudd, in partnership with originalprojects;. The marketing and print has been supported by Norwici Print, Red Herring Press and Supporting Your Art. Supported with funding from Norfolk & Norwich Festival, Arts Council England, East Anglia Art Fund, Norfolk County Council and Better Together Norfolk

Yarmouth Springs Eternal: Finding and Exploring

Our exhibition is full of things to explore and find. This project is all about exploring overlooked and everyday interactions with the natural world. Read on to get another peek at the exhibition and look ahead to what we will be sharing soon.


Things to find

Jacques Nimki piece at Yarmouth Springs Eternal Exhibition (image credit_Genevieve Rudd)


Jacques Nimki

Jacques works from and within the urban landscape, using mainly weeds and flowers to explore how we perceive others and ourselves within particular environments. Plants like people, looked at but not seen, forgotten in the backdrops of the everyday, inhabiting places that are usually neglected or unexplored. You can see where this inspiration has led him in his work generally and in the pieces displayed in our exhibition. Come and see if you can find all of his hidden pieces around the exhibition. They will seem to appear out of nowhere, just as plants can. (This image is a clue to where you can find your first weed in the PRIMEYARC gallery space, but the rest you’ll need to discover for yourself! )

Theatre of Posies(image credit_Genevieve Rudd)

Theatre of Posies

On the way to visit our exhibition, we’d like you to explore the spaces around you – your garden, the path outside your house or a local park – and gather together a small posie of flowers to be part of the exhibition. Bring your posie to the exhibition. On arrival, you’ll be invited to write a short note about where you collected them. Then, place your arrangement in the dedicated display.

This can be a great way to take a moment to notice what is right there on your doorstep (maybe literally!)

Remember to pick responsibly!

The Yarmouth Springs Eternal Pamphlet

As you will know from our previous blog, our community group was supported by local writer and printer Lotte LS from Red Herring Press to turn their ideas and thoughts into a pamphlet. This is now sitting in our exhibition ready for you to come and take one home! This is another example of how the exhibition has grown from those initial community walks and how it continues to grow now.

Yarmouth Springs Eternal Pamphlet (image credit_ Genevieve Rudd)
Video in the exhibition (image credit_Genevieve Rudd)

Videos

You can also catch the film created by Supporting Your Art documenting our project so far. Becky documented two workshops and combined that footage with photos taken by project facilitators and the group themselves.

For part of his artist-led walk/workshop session Mark Cator had selected a text by P H Emerson written around 1890 on the stories from the area. We each read a short passage against the watery backdrop, recorded by Mark. You can see some of this footage in the exhibition.

There is so much to find at our exhibition (some of which we haven’t mentioned and have left for you to find) and we have loved seeing your photos and reactions on social media. Make sure you tag us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter to let us know what you spotted.

Coming soon!

Supporting Your Art was also documenting the conference day and we will be sharing the Artists talks in full, so you will be able to get the exciting insights we got on the day.

We will be posting on social media when these videos go live along with a few more updates and announcements to come! So keep an eye out to keep up to date.

Tickets are still available for our walks but they are booking up fast so make sure you get yours soon!

SONIC LANDSCAPES WITH BILL VINE 

LIMITED TICKETS AVAILABLE

Listen in closer to the sonic landscape of Great Yarmouth on a sound walk led by Bill Vine. The walks will allow time for both meditative listening and an opportunity to learn more about the local environment

Tue, Jun 8
10:30 – 12:00 | Booking link 
13:00 – 14:30 | Booking link

WANDERING VIEWPOINTS WITH JACQUES NIMKI 

An opportunity to join artist Jacques Nimki for a walk around Great Yarmouth town centre. Explore the urban landscape, through an interaction with plants that are often overlooked, inhabiting places that are usually neglected or unexplored

Wed, 9 June 2021
14:00 – 15:30Booking link (open to general public)
16:00 – 17:30 | Booking link LIMITED AVAILABILITY (open to educators working with Primary age children)

#MYJAM: CULTURE SHARING LAB

This inclusive introductory session is intended as open-source conversation-starter to identify and explore shared interests in the radical nature of fermentation, slow living, holistic health and resourcefulness 

Sat, 12 June
12:00 – 16:00 | Booking Link

CYANOTYPE PHOTOGRAPHY WITH GENEVIEVE RUDD 

SOLD OUT

Genevieve Rudd invites you to discover the magic of Cyanotype ‘blueprint’ photography, based on drawings and found objects in outdoor locations around town

Wed, 16 June 2021

SUMMER SOLSTICE PHOTOGRAPHY WALK WITH JASON EVANS

These fun, informal sessions are designed to expand your experience of photography ideas and techniques, responding to project exhibition.

Walking and looking with a medium format film camera, participants will create a record of unexpected nature and organic surprises in Great Yarmouth over the Summer Solstice weekend.

Participants can bring their own photography kit (camera or camera phone). No previous experience is necessary to take part.

Sat, 19 June
10:30 – 13:00 | Booking Link
15:00 – 17:30 | Booking Link

Sun, 20 June
10:30 – 13:00 | Booking Link
16:00 – 18:30 | Booking Link

TAKE PART!

THEATRE OF POSIES

We’d like you to explore the spaces around you – your garden, the path outside your house or a local park – and gather together a small posie of flowers to be part of the exhibition.

Bring your posie to the exhibition. On arrival, you’ll be invited to write a short note about where you collected them. Then, place your arrangement in the dedicated display. 

Remember to pick responsibly! 

#MYJAM: CULTURE SHARING LAB

Do you grow edibles in your garden or allotment? Into jamming, preserving or lacto-fermenting? Avid about brewing or sourdough baking? Are you an expert home composter?

We’re inviting you to bring your knowledge, tips and tricks to share with others at #MyJam. Tell us about what your jam is on our form



Yarmouth Springs Eternal: The Conference

The chalkboard at the entrance of the conference (Image credit_Becky Demmen)

On Saturday 22nd May we had our Conference and we thought this would be a great opportunity to look at how each part of our project has informed and enhanced the other.

The Walks -> The Exhibition -> Conference

As you have seen from our previous blogs about the project so far, the idea of connecting creativity and wellbeing has been a constant through-line. Alongside that, has also been the theme of noticing nature in less obvious places. This was first demonstrated through our initial Artist-led community walks programme.

Whether we were writing, drawing, or having a conversation, it was all about looking at our links with the landscape and appreciating what we have around us. These initial walks are reflected in the expanded exhibition event programme (details below). These upcoming public events encourage enjoying nature through different lenses and reacting creatively. And these events are led, just as our community walks were, by exciting Artists with a unique perspective on our project’s themes.

Nurturing connections

The project’s themes and ideas were also carried through to our conference and you could see this in the Artist/speakers who were involved, the displays and the conversations had on the day.

Jason Evans

Photographer Jason Evans spoke about working with the community-led The Garden Gate Project in Thanet in east Kent. He shared his approach to picture-making, building a tool shed darkroom, the joy of learning from working with neurodiverse creativity and working with photographer Brendan Barry.

James Aldridge

The Artist behind Queer River spoke about walks along rivers with others to create and document emergent responses in writing, making & drawing.

Bill Vine

He introduced his acousmatic composition designed for loudspeakers and not performance, his approach to the creation of northsong. Whilst sharing his practice of soundwalks, listening to environmental sounds, the sense of belonging, and the place and time it provides.

Jacques Nimki

How can you make images of what a garden might be without having a garden? Jaques Nimki described the moment he realised that it was always there, it’s about asking the right questions. Well expressed by his 56 elusive works installed around the exhibition space. (See if you can spot them all!)

Genevieve speaking during the Artist Q&A. (Image credit_Becky Demmen)

Those that came to the conference were then invited to ask these Artists along with Kaavous Clayton of originalprojects; and Genevieve about their work and approaches.


We then split into two breakout rooms.

One led by Genevieve looking at what Community arts and participatory engagement means in the current climate, and one with writer, professor and musician George McKay looking at Eco-politics. It felt wonderfully open and although no large conclusions were bought to the sharing session afterwards, there was certainly a lot of important and interesting ground covered.

The day ended with an invitation to share contact details with each other to perhaps continue this sharing and learning to give this space we created, room to grow.

The days work was well supported by the display from Company Drinks (and their delicious forages cordials which were available to rehydrate us all) and the information panels provided by Climate Museum UK that gave a wider context to our discussions.

And all of this happened with the backdrop of the artwork and pamphlet created by our community group during that initial walks programme. It was great to feel a connection to those walks throughout the conference day and in the exhibition itself. The sessions they enjoyed together fuel the thinking and sharing we can do now and the visual reminders of the work they did on display keep that connection present.

George McKay leading a discussion on Eco-politics (Image credit_Becky Demmen)

Genevieve Rudd offers a reflection on the day itself:

It was a pleasure to hear how the artists each found a deeper connection to places and communities by adopting a slower way of noticing the natural world using multi-disciplinary creative perspectives. Thank you to everyone who was part of making the Conference day!

Videos of all of the Artist Presentations will be released soon so keep an eye out if you want to watch those. If you want to read all of the live updates that were shared on twitter then head over to there. It’s a really interesting account of the day.

Tickets are still available for our walks but they are booking up fast so make sure you get yours soon!

SONIC LANDSCAPES WITH BILL VINE 

Limited Tickets Available

Listen in closer to the sonic landscape of Great Yarmouth on a sound walk led by Bill Vine. The walks will allow time for both meditative listening and an opportunity to learn more about the local environment

Tue, Jun 8
10:30 – 12:00 | Booking link 
13:00 – 14:30 | Booking link

WANDERING VIEWPOINTS WITH JACQUES NIMKI 

An opportunity to join artist Jacques Nimki for a walk around Great Yarmouth town centre. Explore the urban landscape, through an interaction with plants that are often overlooked, inhabiting places that are usually neglected or unexplored

Wed, 9 June 2021
14:00 – 15:30Booking link (open to general public)
16:00 – 17:30 | Booking link LIMITED AVAILABILITY (open to educators working with Primary age children)

#MYJAM: CULTURE SHARING LAB

This inclusive introductory session is intended as open-source conversation-starter to identify and explore shared interests in the radical nature of fermentation, slow living, holistic health and resourcefulness 

Sat, 12 June
12:00 – 16:00 | Booking Link

CYANOTYPE PHOTOGRAPHY WITH GENEVIEVE RUDD 

SOLD OUT

Genevieve Rudd invites you to discover the magic of Cyanotype ‘blueprint’ photography, based on drawings and found objects in outdoor locations around town

Wed, 16 June 2021

SUMMER SOLSTICE PHOTOGRAPHY WALK WITH JASON EVANS

These fun, informal sessions are designed to expand your experience of photography ideas and techniques, responding to project exhibition.

Walking and looking with a medium format film camera, participants will create a record of unexpected nature and organic surprises in Great Yarmouth over the Summer Solstice weekend.

Participants can bring their own photography kit (camera or camera phone). No previous experience is necessary to take part.

Sat, 19 June
10:30 – 13:00 | Booking Link
15:00 – 17:30 | Booking Link

Sun, 20 June
10:30 – 13:00 | Booking Link
16:00 – 18:30 | Booking Link

TAKE PART!

THEATRE OF POSIES

We’d like you to explore the spaces around you – your garden, the path outside your house or a local park – and gather together a small posie of flowers to be part of the exhibition.

Bring your posie to the exhibition. On arrival, you’ll be invited to write a short note about where you collected them. Then, place your arrangement in the dedicated display. 

Remember to pick responsibly! 

#MYJAM: CULTURE SHARING LAB

Do you grow edibles in your garden or allotment? Into jamming, preserving or lacto-fermenting? Avid about brewing or sourdough baking? Are you an expert home composter?

We’re inviting you to bring your knowledge, tips and tricks to share with others at #MyJam. Tell us about what your jam is on our form


Yarmouth Springs Eternal: The Exhibition

Yarmouth Springs Eternal window display (image credit_Genevieve Rudd)

The Yarmouth Springs Eternal exhibition is now open! Our Yarmouth Springs Eternal community group came up with lots of creative ideas for Kaavous Clayton from originalprojects; (our project partner) to curate into an inspiring exhibition celebrating connecting with the natural world. Some of the group have also been putting in extra time in to support with the installing, painting and constructing in the venue to help the show come to life, which is hugely appreciated!

You can now visit the show at PRIMEYARC in Market Gates Shopping Centre, Great Yarmouth. It’s free to visit daily from Mondays-Saturday 12pm to 5:30pm and Sundays 12pm to 4pm up until Sunday 20th June. Please note: this Saturday 22nd May is only open to our Conference ticket holders, apologies for any inconvenience.

The show includes a sound piece by Bill Vine, originally commissioned by Norfolk & Norwich Festival’s Creative Individual Norfolk fund. You can also catch Bill and I, and the other NNF funding awardees, talking about our projects at the live streamed event on Thursday. Jacques Nimki invisible plant drawings are growing organically around the space to hunt and find like a nature walk. You can join both Bill and Jacques on a bookable walk around town in June, exploring local sound and plants respectively.

Company Drinks (image credit_Genevieve Rudd)

If all that walking has built up a thirst, Company Drinks have an honesty fridge of foraged community-made drinks from their East London based social enterprise. Great Yarmouth is a town surrounded by liquid of another kind – rivers, seas and broads – so it felt fitting to invite James Aldridge to showcase a piece from his Queer River project that explores the link between identity and blue spaces.

To close the show at the Summer Solstice weekend, Jason Evans will be hosting a series of Photowalks on Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th June, whilst displaying some facilitated photography in the exhibition from The Garden Gate Project in Margate.

James Aldridge (image credit_Genevieve Rudd)

Alongside these artists, you can find informative displays from Climate Museum UK, sharing the impacts of the climate crisis and what we can do to reverse the damage. There will be growing, living and evolving displays. Audiences are invited to bring along a small bunch of locally (and responsibly!) picked flowers, as part of the Theatre of Posies display. When you bring your posie along, you’ll be asked to pop them in a decorated jar of water and we’ll then arrange them in the space.

As well as things to see, there are also a series of arts & nature events coming up in June. You can find all of these events listed in our latest newsletter and below, along with how you can take part.

We hope to see you there!

Arts & NAture Events

Yarmouth Springs Eternal Conference

LIMITED AVAILABILITY

The Yarmouth Springs Eternal conference will explore relationships, perceptions and experiences of connecting with the natural world through the arts. It’ll feature presentations from the featured exhibition artists and a Q&A. During the conference, we’ll also explore establishing a network of artists working with nature and parts of the day will be live-streamed online.

Saturday 22nd May
12pm | Booking link 

Sonic Landscapes with Bill Vine 

Listen in closer to the sonic landscape of Great Yarmouth on a sound walk led by Bill Vine. The walks will allow time for both meditative listening and an opportunity to learn more about the local environment

Tue, Jun 8
10:30 – 12:00 | Booking link 
13:00 – 14:30 | Booking link

Wandering Viewpoints with Jacques Nimki 

An opportunity to join artist Jacques Nimki for a walk around Great Yarmouth town centre. Explore the urban landscape, through an interaction with plants that are often overlooked, inhabiting places that are usually neglected or unexplored

Wed, 9 June 2021
14:00 – 15:30| Booking link (open to general public)
16:00 – 17:30 | Booking link LIMITED AVAILABILITY (open to educators working with Primary age children)

#MyJam: Culture Sharing Lab

This inclusive introductory session is intended as open-source conversation-starter to identify and explore shared interests in the radical nature of fermentation, slow living, holistic health and resourcefulness 

Sat, 12 June
12:00 – 16:00 | Booking Link

Cyanotype Photography with Genevieve Rudd 

SOLD OUT

Genevieve Rudd invites you to discover the magic of Cyanotype ‘blueprint’ photography, based on drawings and found objects in outdoor locations around town

Wed, 16 June 2021

Summer Solstice Photography Walk with Jason Evans

These fun, informal sessions are designed to expand your experience of photography ideas and techniques, responding to project exhibition.

Walking and looking with a medium format film camera, participants will create a record of unexpected nature and organic surprises in Great Yarmouth over the Summer Solstice weekend.

Participants can bring their own photography kit (camera or camera phone). No previous experience is necessary to take part.

Sat, 19 June
10:30 – 13:00 | Booking Link
15:00 – 17:30 | Booking Link

Sun, 20 June
10:30 – 13:00 | Booking Link
16:00 – 18:30 | Booking Link

Take Part!

Theatre of Posies

We’d like you to explore the spaces around you – your garden, the path outside your house or a local park – and gather together a small posie of flowers to be part of the exhibition.

Bring your posie to the exhibition. On arrival, you’ll be invited to write a short note about where you collected them. Then, place your arrangement in the dedicated display. 

Remember to pick responsibly! 

#MyJam: Culture Sharing Lab

Do you grow edibles in your garden or allotment? Into jamming, preserving or lacto-fermenting? Avid about brewing or sourdough baking? Are you an expert home composter?

We’re inviting you to bring your knowledge, tips and tricks to share with others at #MyJam. Tell us about what your jam is on our form


All events are taking place at PRIMEYARC, Market Gates Shopping Centre, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR30 2BG  and are planned to follow and adhere to COVID-19 guidelines. Information on accessibility guidance is available on the event links

Yarmouth Springs Eternal: Moving into the next season

Designing the project pamphlet with Lotte from Red Herring Press (image credit_Genevieve Rudd)

We concluded our series of community walks/workshops on Saturday, supported by local writer and printer Lotte LS from Red Herring Press. Lotte supported the group to reflect on their walking and creative experiences over the previous 5 weeks, and to turn their ideas into a pamphlet. 

Creating a pamphlet design (image credit_Genevieve Rudd)

Historically, pamphlets have been used to express strong social messages or political ideas, Lotte explained. It was a chance for us to use a folded booklet medium to say something to the exhibition visitors about our collective experience, beyond just documenting the journey. The group decided that each artist-led walk had an ‘essence’, a message that could be shared and applied beyond the activity and into our wider lives. As a result, heart-felt phrases grew from the reflections: 

‘embrace the senses’ – inspired by Ligia Macedo’s writing walk

‘observe the moment’ – to refer to Mark Cator’s photography session

‘shape of nature’ – referencing the playful collage work with Georgie Manly

And, after some jokes about exposing yourself in the sun (!), ‘developing patience under the sun’ – the message from the cyanotype session I led with the group.

Once the group had their core messages, supported by Lotte, they then selected other images, phrases and ideas made during the walking sessions to include in the pamphlet. Lotte brought along her typewriter to add typed text alongside the hand-written thoughts. We ended up with lots of drawings and words, and were miraculously able to whittle it down to a selection the group were happy with, arranged across 2 sides of an A3 page to be printed and folded. The visiting exhibition audience will be able to take a copy of the final pamphlet away with them. I can’t wait to see the final result!

A new season approaches

Typing up creative writing works on a typewriter for the pamphlet (image credit_Genevieve Rudd)

It seems slightly surreal that we’re half way through the project already and have said goodbye (just temporarily, I hope!) to our community group. The first half of Yarmouth Springs Eternal was a programme of community walks/workshops with visiting artists working with people connected with Herring House Trust and GYROS charities in Great Yarmouth. The group were so engaged and had lots of brilliant ideas, and it was a total pleasure to work with them. I’d like to thank our visiting artists and our project assistant, Moyses Gomes, for helping to make the first part of the project a brilliant success. You’ll be able to get a flavour of the sessions from a video being put together by Becky Demmen of Supporting Your Art launching for the exhibition and available to enjoy online too.

The group had lots of positive things to say about how the series helped them to value and notice aspects of the natural world that they would have otherwise overlooked. These ideas will strongly influence the next phase of the programme. I also have ambitions to run the project again, with some adapted approaches based on the group’s feedback and experiences, so if you’re reading this and might be able to support it with fundraising or project development, then please get in touch!

What’s next?

Just as the later Spring weather has shifted here on the coast, our programme is now moving into the next part, with our public exhibition programme launching next week. We’ll be officially opening our exhibition at PRIMEYARC in Market Gates Shopping Centre on Wednesday 19th May, with Monday 17th and Tuesday 18th as a time for the local press to visit and any last changes to be made, a sort-of ‘soft opening’. The exhibition will grow and evolve as the show goes on, until Sunday 20th June, so I’d strongly recommend paying a couple of visits… 

On Thursday 20th May next week, I’ll be presenting the project alongside the 5 other Norfolk & Norwich Festival Creative Individuals Norfolk fund awardees at a live streamed event, and then on Saturday 22nd May, we’ll be hosting our Conference. We start the show with lots of conversation and exploration, moving into an exciting programme of (free!) creative artist-led events in June to get doing, making and experimenting with creativity and nature. The bookings have already started to come in and we’ll have more events launching once the show gets going, such as Photo-Walk sessions led by our exhibition artist Jason Evans on the final Summer Solstice weekend of the show. 

I hope that the themes and ideas explored in the show will chime with the visiting audiences, and that the core concepts developed by the Yarmouth Springs Eternal community group offer inspiration for a happy nature-connected life.

EVENTS COMING SOON!

Find out details of our upcoming events below. If you would like to stay informed of all of the latest information about these events, then you can sign up to our newsletter. Our next update will be coming out soon!

EXHIBITION – WEDNESDAY 19TH MAY TO SUNDAY 20TH JUNE 2021

Excluding the 22nd May for the conference.

PRIMEYARC, Market Gates Shopping Centre, Great Yarmouth, NR30 2BG | Open daily: Monday-Saturday 12pm to 5:30pm + Sunday 12pm-4:30pm

Find out more on the Norfolk & Norwich Festival website

CONFERENCE – SATURDAY 22ND MAY 2021

PRIMEYARC, Market Gates Shopping Centre, Great Yarmouth, NR30 2BG | 12pm to 5:30pm, schedule tbc

Book your free ticket on the Norfolk & Norwich Festival website

FREE PUBLIC ARTS & NATURE EVENTS – JUNE 2021

PRIMEYARC, Market Gates Shopping Centre, Great Yarmouth, NR30 2BG | Timings and booking details, tbc |

We will be hosting a series of drop-in and bookable artist-led walks and events that explore creativity connected to the natural world. You can check out the full expanded programme on Eventbrite.

All events are planned to follow and adhere to COVID-19 guidelines

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Yarmouth Springs Eternal: How does your exhibition grow?

Kaavous Clayton of originalprojects;, who are a partner on the Yarmouth Springs Eternal project and will be hosting the exhibition at PRIMEYARC, a space they manage for creative communal collaborations in the former Debenhams in Market gates Shopping Centre, shares some of his thoughts about Yarmouth Springs Eternal and the curation of the exhibition.

Optimistic Antidote

Kaavous Clayton at a Yarmouth Springs Eternal session (image credit_Becky Demmen)

After a year of not being able to do what we do, Yarmouth Springs Eternal has felt like an optimistic antidote to being shut away from people and not being to collaborate in any way that has felt meaningful (online experiences just don’t quite do it for me). It has been so nice to see the group that Genevieve has been working with come into PRIMEYARC to work with artists in the landscape of Great Yarmouth.

In the back of my mind thoughts have been swirling about the exhibition. Genevieve and I started talking about possible artists at some point last year, thinking about people who work to connect nature with communities, bringing them together to create something that speaks of both, and also creates something new. We’ve had conversation with some of those artists about the physical things they might show, and also had some thoughts about other things that might be relevant to show alongside them – things like wormeries, dried flowers, a theatre of posies, some pickling and fermentation (Jules, who I live, love and work with, makes some great analogies around the cultures that grow while fermenting and the culture we live in).

We’ve also had thoughts about what the exhibition might look like and how it might work – we’ve had conversations about how a ‘village hall’ aesthetic might make it feel more relaxed and informal, and recently ideas around garden design and the labels used in nurseries for plants have been discussed.

Working through exhibition materials (image credit_Becky Demmen)

And I find myself starting to have a clear picture of what the exhibition could look like and how I’d arrange it, but I keep having to check myself, because this project is about working with people, and whilst we all have our own ideas, it’s what happens to those ideas when they’re put out into the world for other people to respond to, and to come back with their thoughts, so it’s going to develop through a sharing of these ideas with the Yarmouth Springs Eternal group, and seeing what ideas they come up with in response.

Analogies from the natural word are hard to resist whilst thinking about this project, and here’s one in relation to creating collaboratively. Regardless of however many systems we try to put in place to restrict peoples organic ways of thinking and living, we always find a way to go round them, or under them, or over them, in the same way that nature always finds a way to overcome our manmade obstructions, which is hardly surprising, as we are nature after all.

Using pieces created as part of the community artist-led community walks/workshops to create a display for the exhibition (image_credit Becky Demmen)

EVENTS COMING SOON!

Find out details of our upcoming events below. If you would like to stay informed of all of the latest information about these events, then you can sign up to our newsletter. You can see our first newsletter here, it’s the best way to get an over view of all of the events below.

EXHIBITION – WEDNESDAY 19TH MAY TO SUNDAY 20TH JUNE 2021

PRIMEYARC, Market Gates Shopping Centre, Great Yarmouth, NR30 2BG | Open daily: Monday-Saturday 12pm to 5:30pm + Sunday 12pm-4:30pm

Find out more on the Norfolk & Norwich Festival website

CONFERENCE – SATURDAY 22ND MAY 2021

PRIMEYARC, Market Gates Shopping Centre, Great Yarmouth, NR30 2BG | 12pm to 5:30pm, schedule tbc

Book your free ticket on the Norfolk & Norwich Festival website

FREE PUBLIC ARTS & NATURE EVENTS – JUNE 2021

PRIMEYARC, Market Gates Shopping Centre, Great Yarmouth, NR30 2BG | Information & Booking |

We will be hosting a series of drop-in and bookable artist-led walks and events that explore creativity connected to the natural world.

  • Tuesday 8th June | Two sessions 10.30am & 1pm | Sonic Landscapes with Bill Vine
  • Wednesday 9th June | Two sessions 2pm (general public) & 4pm (Educators working with primary age children) | Wandering Viewpoints with Jacques Nimki
  • Saturday June 12th | 12 – 4pm | #MyJam Culture Sharing Lab
  • Wednesday June 16th | 10.30am – 12pm | Cyanotype Photography with Genevieve Rudd

Yarmouth Springs Eternal: Sensing the world around us with Ligia Macedo

Ligia Macedo talking to the group at Great Yarmouth’s medieval flint wall (image credit_Genevieve Rudd)

Collecting words

In our fourth session, Ligia Macedo guided us through some gentle creative writing exercises to support the group to express their thoughts, feelings and ideas through words. We begun with a couple of socially distanced warm-up exercises, spread across the PRIMEYARC venue space, before heading out on our local walk.

First, the group read and responded to nature writing and images; pinned to the walls were texts from Maya Angelou, Emily Dickenson, Tu Pac and William Wordsworth, amongst others, alongside images of paradise beaches, chips stalls, buildings and rivers from around the world. The group was invited to jot down their immediate responses anonymously on Post It notes, as a way to start tapping into expressing ideas through words. Then, Ligia invited us to think about the sensory experience of our own morning so far, from the moment we woke up to when we arrived at the space. We soon started to build up a collection of words connected to the senses and nature.

Ligia has a great approach that recognises that often people can freeze up when they are asked to take part in “creative writing”, so the warm-ups were a good way to get us thinking.

Noticing Hidden Histories

Looking up at Great Yarmouth’s medieval flint wall (image credit_Genevieve Rudd)

We set out on our walk mid-morning, from our base at Market Gates to the Medieval flint town wall. As with most of our walks to date, they’re slow, gentle and meandering, with lots of stopping points to share some local knowledge, take a photo or admire a building or plant. We noticed architectural features, self-seeded plants growing in the doorways, crumbling brickwork and spotted the same pink flowered hedge that we’d seen on a previous walk through Cobholm.

During our journey, we each had a series of coloured card sheets asking us to document different aspects of the locations, not just the things we could see but also the things we could hear, smell and touch. So, naturally, there was some brickwork-stroking, tree-sniffing and tree-hugging along the way!

The flint wall is visually stunning and enjoyable to touch, and it is also seeped in deep history. Ligia and the group swapped knowledge of the wall between each other. The group also thought more about the people involved in the construction, and we put ourselves in the shoes of the local communities building the wall for over 100 years. We wondered about the brickwork and structure, and how different generations would’ve brought different skills and attitudes to the project.

The group found a spot along Blackfriars Road, under a large candelabra-like tree beside the wall, to reflect on the sensory experiences of our walk so far. One of our group members shared that she felt anxious when walking through town as it was busy – which others in the group agreed with – but sitting under the tree, she felt calmer. As a final activity, before heading back for lunch, Ligia gifted us 5 minutes of silence simply touching, smelling, looking at and hearing the world around us.

Collective writing

Sharing words and phrases from the day with Ligia Macedo (image credit Genevieve Rudd)

After lunch (which tapped into our 5th sense – taste!), we brought all the ideas together from the day on a long sheet of paper, writing down our favourite lines or words from the nature writing examples, our morning sensory experiences and the sights, sounds and smells from our walk. From this, the group created a collaborative community poem, called ‘Uma escritor (a writer)’. I won’t share it here, you’ll have to visit the exhibition to read it!

It was brilliant to spend the day tuning into our sensory experiences. I was especially inspired to think about how the everyday locations – from the busy town centre to Great Yarmouth’s old wall, and the buildings and houses in between – are so rich with hidden stories. And how, with just a few simple accessible activities, an inspiring creative writing can blossom. Our group shared some thoughtful anonymous reflections at the end of the day:

Today’s session was relaxed, creative and a good reminder of what we have to appreciate”

Muito interessante, criativa, por causa da troca de ideias” / Really interesting, creative, because of the exchange of ideas”

Every session has thus far been good. I have felt my creative side coming out more and am inspired after every group”

Events coming sooN!

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EXHIBITION – WEDNESDAY 19TH MAY TO SUNDAY 20TH JUNE 2021

PRIMEYARC, Market Gates Shopping Centre, Great Yarmouth, NR30 2BG | Open daily: Monday-Saturday 12pm to 5:30pm + Sunday 12pm-4:30pm

Find out more on the Norfolk & Norwich Festival website

CONFERENCE – SATURDAY 22ND MAY 2021

PRIMEYARC, Market Gates Shopping Centre, Great Yarmouth, NR30 2BG | 12pm to 5:30pm, schedule tbc

Book your free ticket on the Norfolk & Norwich Festival website

FREE PUBLIC ARTS & NATURE EVENTS – JUNE 2021

PRIMEYARC, Market Gates Shopping Centre, Great Yarmouth, NR30 2BG | Timings and booking details, tbc |

We will be hosting a series of drop-in and bookable artist-led walks and events that explore creativity connected to the natural world

  • Saturday 12th June: #MyJam Culture Sharing Lab, curated by originalprojects; – Facebook event
  • …more to be announced soon!

All events are planned to follow and adhere to COVID-19 guidelines

Yarmouth Springs Eternal: Walking through stories of the past with Mark Cator

Under Breydon Bridge (image credit_Genevieve Rudd)

We were led by photographer Mark Cator for our third artist-led walk/workshop session. He began his session with a photography presentation of Great Yarmouth, with a focus on the life and culture around Breydon Water since the 1800s. Mark is an expert on the photographer P H Emerson, having grown up around the Norfolk Broads, so much of the presentation explored this historic work alongside Mark’s own photography. It was fascinating to track the changes based on local landmarks, such as the Town Hall and river, which gave us a good starting point before heading out on our walk, picking up the start of the Angles Way walking route.

Links to Landscape

Angles Way walking route (image credit_Genevieve Rudd)

One of our group members had a strong personal link to the area, having grown up and lived on the edge of Breydon Water for many years, which enriched the day with lots of insider local knowledge. Mark had some of his own photography from the area taken around the 1990s, that we used to compare and contrast on location. Even when the group didn’t have a personal connection to the landscape we were walking within, it triggered early memories. One of our participants had spent time in Alaska when he was younger and remembered eating Fiddlehead Ferns, a memory sparked during a conversation about the abundant edible Alexanders around us. Another participant had grown up in South Africa and remembered childhoods exploring vast landscapes. We spoke about how, in the context of Norfolk, Breydon Water looks vast but even here, we’re still not far from houses, shops, trains and roads.

We were blessed with bright sunshine and blue skies, so it felt like the perfect day to relax by the water, talking and sharing stories, sitting low to the ground to keep away from the cool wind once we reached Breydon Water. Mark had selected a text by P H Emerson written around 1890 on the stories from the area. We each read a short passage against the watery backdrop, recorded by Mark. After basking in the sun, chatting and taking some photos, we walked back into town for lunch.

Reviewing & recording

Screening of Sara reading P H Emerson (image credit Genevieve Rudd)

In the afternoon, we had a screening of the group’s reading Mark had recorded on location, which audiences will be able to see at our exhibition in May and June Thanks to our project assistant Moyses Gomes for translating extracts of the text into Portuguese too. Once we’d all been embarrassed by seeing ourselves on the big screen (!) Mark had a final activity to bring our conversations, walking and experiences from the day together. We thought about the lines found at Breydon Water – horizon, jetty, posts, clouds – and created a long collaborative monochrome drawing. The page was populated with words extracted from the P H Emerson text, some of which are now lost in history. Some of our multilingual group members also translated selected words to add into the drawing, alongside line drawings in graphite and charcoal.

It was a relaxed and sunny day, filled with conversations and images from the past and present. Our group members had lots of positive things to say about the session:

“The photos of the areas at the beginning were essential and a good opener to the walk and observation in the nature”

“Quite relaxing and pleasant I’d say. Photography is not one of my skills, but I enjoyed meeting you guys”

“I really enjoyed unexplored areas of Great Yarmouth”

Events coming sooN!

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EXHIBITION – WEDNESDAY 19TH MAY TO SUNDAY 20TH JUNE 2021

PRIMEYARC, Market Gates Shopping Centre, Great Yarmouth, NR30 2BG | Open daily: Monday-Saturday 12pm to 5:30pm + Sunday 12pm-4:30pm

Find out more on the Norfolk & Norwich Festival website

CONFERENCE – SATURDAY 22ND MAY 2021

PRIMEYARC, Market Gates Shopping Centre, Great Yarmouth, NR30 2BG | 12pm to 5:30pm, schedule tbc

Book your free ticket on the Norfolk & Norwich Festival website

FREE PUBLIC ARTS & NATURE EVENTS – JUNE 2021

PRIMEYARC, Market Gates Shopping Centre, Great Yarmouth, NR30 2BG | Timings and booking details, tbc |

We will be hosting a series of drop-in and bookable artist-led walks and events that explore creativity connected to the natural world

  • Saturday 12th June: #MyJam Culture Sharing Lab, curated by originalprojects; – Facebook event
  • …more to be announced in April/May 2021

All events are planned to follow and adhere to COVID-19 guidelines

Large scale charcoal and graphite drawing with Mark Cator (image credit_Genevieve Rudd)

Yarmouth Springs Eternal: curious shapes and colours with Georgie Manly

Exploring the Cemetery with Georgie Manly (image credit_Moyses Gomes)

In our first session when asked where the group would visit to experience nature around town, the most popular answer was Great Yarmouth Cemetery. Therefore it made sense to make the Cemetery our walk destination for our second session guided by guest artist Georgie Manly.

EXPLORING & OBSERVING

Drawing in the Cemetery (image credit_Moyses Gomes)

We headed out from our meeting place in Market Gates Shopping Centre, through the market and towards the Minster. The walk was filled with the sound of alarms, sirens and dogs barking, so reaching the Minster and Cemetery grounds felt especially peaceful. After swapping facts about the history of the building, we explored the space individually with some prompts from Georgie. She suggested we focus on a plant to create a study with words and sketches, from observations, memories and stories or facts we already knew about it we welcomed into the mix.

After some initial sketching, we moved into the Old Cemetery, past a gathering of seagulls and pigeons fighting over bread crumbs and into the windy tree lined space. We then created a second plant study in this wilder location. Many of the group members were drawn in by the gnarled trees, pretty Spring primroses and rambling ivy vines. One of our participants shared a beautiful poem she had written in Portuguese, which she translated to the group in English. She spoke about the connection between humans and plants, and how we share so much in our life cycles, and Georgie suggested that the graveyard environment can often inspire deep reflections on life.

To round off our time at the Cemetery, we had a go at drawing with scissors, cutting shapes from coloured paper inspired by our plants studies, which we then embedded into the landscape. For me, this felt like the most magical part of the day. The group was tentative at first and we spoke about what a strange thing it was to do. However, after a little while, we had soon curated a pop-up exhibition of colourful shapes, and included papier mache recycled vessels one of our group members brought along to show us. The whole arrangement was made even more surreal by the dead rat laying face up under the tree nearby, but it was fun and lively because of its spontaneousness and playful energy in what could’ve been a solemn space if it wasn’t for the Spring plants bursting into life around us.

Spontaneous installation – Yarmouth Springs Eternal (video credit_ Genevieve Rudd)

After carefully removing our paper shapes and making sure the location was left how we found it, we went back for a spot of lunch from the market. We reviewed our morning walk and created a new arrangement using the things we had made, drawn and found in the Cemetery. Georgie is very good at gently encouraging creative engagement and the group soon curated another arrangement, this one even more beautifully odd and eclectic than the last! We took part in large scale still-life drawing with charcoal and coloured ink to finish off our day, with some slow looking, quick 1 minute sketching and added collaged elements of our drawn shapes.

Still-life drawing and found object arrangement with Georgie Manly (image credit_Moyses Gomes)

It was brilliant to work with Georgie and see how her influence sparked fresh creativity with the Yarmouth Springs Eternal community group. I think the final charcoal collaged drawings show the free and playful energy she brought out from the group. 

Look out for Georgie’s creative prompts and ideas, alongside our other guest artists, in the Yarmouth Springs Eternal creative resource booklet, which will launch at the Summer Solstice. It will be filled with ways to engage with the outdoors and natural world, inspired by the community events this Spring. You can also see all of the artwork produced by the community group in our exhibition at PRIMEYARC, Market Gates Shopping Centre in Great Yarmouth from 19th May to 20th June. You can find out more about the exhibition by visiting the Norfolk & Norwich Festival website.

Out and about

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Features

We were featured on Folk Features

We were also in the Gorleston Community Magazine

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