Yarmouth Springs Eternal – Genevieve Rudd in partnership with originalprojects

Four women are standing together holding or reaching for leaves and twigs in their hands. They are facing inwards but each looking in a different direction. The leaves and twigs are in the middle of the image. In the background, in soft focus, there is a tree, grass and buildings as they are in a public park.
Gathering natural materials on a walk in St George’s Park, Great Yarmouth, for the project exhibition - Image Credit: Becky Demmen/Supporting Your Art
Four women are standing together holding or reaching for leaves and twigs in their hands. They are facing inwards but each looking in a different direction. The leaves and twigs are in the middle of the image. In the background, in soft focus, there is a tree, grass and buildings as they are in a public park.
Gathering natural materials on a walk in St George’s Park, Great Yarmouth, for the project exhibition – Image Credit: Becky Demmen/Supporting Your Art

Yarmouth Springs Eternal was an arts, nature and walking project in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk. It took place from the Spring Equinox to Summer Solstice in 2021. The overall ethos was about connecting with nature and seasons, with a particular focus on overlooked spaces and everyday interactions. The project explored the importance of this relationship on our wellbeing, the feeling of wholeness connecting with nature can bring, and the “awe” of being part of something bigger. Yarmouth Springs Eternal was also underpinned by research outlining the inequality of access to green/natural spaces in the UK 

The project started with a community phase, through a series of artist-led walks with adults with lived experience of homelessness and migration. Their ideas and experiences informed the public phase of the project. This included an exhibition featuring the community walks outcomes alongside artists exploring similar themes, free public walks and events, conference and resource booklet.

Genevieve Rudd is an experienced Community Artist. She develops creative projects that encourage closer looking, and that ask about the places and people around us. These include environmental arts, working outdoors, walking and nurturing nature-connection through creativity. Genevieve is currently training as a Wild Beach Leader 

www.genevieverudd.com  

originalprojects; are a charity that works with the communities, industries and heritage of Great Yarmouth to support, create and promote culture 

www.originalprojects.co.uk  

Genevieve initiated Yarmouth Springs Eternal, and led it in partnership with originalprojects.