I was one of four artists commissioned to by Meadow Arts on this project, working at Avon Meadows, Pershore with the Floodplain Meadows Partnership, which represents several key organisations and is hosted by the Open University, School of Environment, Earth and Ecosystem Sciences.
I produced an artwork and delivered online workshops in response to walks on the theme of Beauty and Utility, and the season of Winter at the flood plain meadows. I was able to visit the site during December 2020 to walk and gather plant materials to make paper and natural inks for the work.
The finished artwork The River’s Breathing depicts two river hydrographs and the beneficial impact of the flood plain meadows on flood protection and biodiversity. It comprises three panel reliefs (each 50cm wide x 75cm) of handmade paper made with reeds and silver birch and dyed with a range of different plant materials.
Andrew Howe is an interdisciplinary artist working solo and in collaboration with other practitioners and community groups. Using walking and mapping, he explores how people interact with places, informed by over 30 years’ experience in engineering and environmental consulting. He draws attention to human entanglements within a multi-species environment, seeking more-than-human perspectives and hidden narratives.
His walking practice includes creative interventions, audio trails, painting, collage, photography, printmaking, books, and digital media. He is a member of Walkspace collective and Meadow Arts’ network of creative practitioners, experienced in delivering arts engagement projects with schools, community groups and in public workshops.