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Blue pools can be seen amongst tall brown bullrushes

Avon Meadows Community Wetlands

Three artists are responding to the site. Photo Andrew Howe.

A natural wood archway crosses over the boardwalk amongst reeds

Avon Meadows Community Wetlands

Three artists are responding to the site. Photo Andrew Howe.

A dry plant with round spiky tops against a weathered blue panel

Avon Meadows Community Wetlands

Three artists are responding to the site. Photo Andrew Howe.

A fenced boardwalk leads amongst tall reeds and bullrushes

Avon Meadows Community Wetlands

Three artists are responding to the site. Photo Andrew Howe.

Blue pools can be seen amongst tall brown bullrushesA natural wood archway crosses over the boardwalk amongst reedsA dry plant with round spiky tops against a weathered blue panelA fenced boardwalk leads amongst tall reeds and bullrushes

Beauty & Utility

Avon Meadows Community Wetlands and online

Dec 2020 - July 2021

Meadow Arts has commissioned three artists from our Creative Practitioner network to create a series of projects that engage with the community, reflect the seasons and capture the changing environmental conditions and biodiversity of Avon Meadows Community Wetlands in Pershore.

The project is a new partnership with the Floodplain Meadows Partnership hosted by the Open University School of Environment, Earth and Ecosystem Sciences, and will run throughout the seasons of 2020-21. The artworks are intended to be a ‘love letter’ to the site and the wider notions of beauty and utility associated with the ancient use of floodplain meadows in managing floodwater, providing sustainable land management and community benefit.

The first artist to work at the site over the winter period is Andrew Howe, who plans to teach people how to create their own paper from reeds and other plant materials, in online workshops during the winter lockdown. In his blog, he writes, “I’m thrilled to be one of three creative practitioners commissioned by Meadow Arts to make an artwork and to work with community groups and schools, responding to the seasons and changing environment at Avon Meadows in Pershore.” You can click here to visit Andrew’s blog and read more about his project.

The second artist to work with the site and community at Avon Meadows will be Melanie Woodhead, who will experiment with photography and building mini-environments inside cloches during the spring. Summer 2021 will see land artist Kate Raggett lead community walks to create outdoor works using found materials from the site. Kate will also create a large-scale earthwork drawing using natural found materials to express the sensation and deeper experience of being in the landscape, in response to Avon Meadows.

This is the first time that Meadow Arts has worked with The Floodplain Meadows Partnership, which brings together scientists and practitioners to develop understanding based on sound science of how to manage, restore and create species-rich, seasonally inundated floodplain grasslands and the multiple benefits they provide. The Partnership is led by the Open University and supported by statutory and non-Government organisations. Click here to visit floodplainmeadows.org.uk.

 

Venue

Avon Meadows Community Wetlands
Pershore
Worcestershire
WR10 2JF
www.wychavon.gov.uk/community-and-living/avon-meadows

Please check our Events pages to find out when artworks are viewable. This is an ongoing research and engagement based project, so artworks are not always on display.

 

Nestling on the bank of the River Avon, you can find the nature reserve only a 5 minute walk from the town centre, with one of the easiest access points being from King George's Field, just behind the Football Club.

Parking is often only available during spring and summer, because the car park forms part of the flooding scheme for Pershore, it's often under water in winter.

Criss-crossed by footpaths and boardwalks, Avon Meadows is a wonderful place to get away from it all, relax and reconnect with nature.