For the past couple of months, Four Colman Getty has been working with the Canal & River Trust to launch their 2014 contemporary arts programme, Arts on the Waterways.
The initiative was first launched in 2012, thanks to major backing from Arts Council England, as a way of attracting more supporters and engaging more people with the beauty – and grit – of the canals and waterways across the England and Wales. So far, through Arts on the Waterways, the Canal & River Trust has appointed its first ever Canal Laureate, commissioned street art by a group of international artists and worked with the Royal Opera House to stage a water-based performance of The Owl and the Pussycat.
Last week we launched the 2014 line-up at a press event at The Rotunda in Kings Place to a packed room of national journalists and stakeholders. Guest speakers included Canal Laureate, Jo Bell; curator Megan Piper and artist Mark Wallinger, who talked about their plans for a new sculpture exhibition along the Greenwich meridian called The Line; and BAFTA award-winning composer and sound artist Kaffe Matthews who described her canal-inspired, immersive sound work, which will be launched at IF: Milton Keynes International Festival in the summer.