Wetlands and Wellbeing: Queer Perspectives on Blue Health

I’ve recently been in contact with Helena Russo, Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Lead at British Canoeing. Helena got in touch after a colleague heard about Queer River through my piece in Nick Hayes’ most recent book The Trespassers Companion. Helena’s colleagues at British Canoeing are themselves involved in work around river access (see this recentContinue reading “Wetlands and Wellbeing: Queer Perspectives on Blue Health”

The Ripple Effect with Wessex Archaeology

Next month sees me beginning an exciting new river based project in Salisbury with Wessex Archaeology. The Ripple Effect (#RippleEffectSalisbury) links with the Salisbury River Park project, and although not specifically a part of Queer River, will be informed by and inform my ongoing Queer River research. The Salisbury River Park Project responds to theContinue reading “The Ripple Effect with Wessex Archaeology”

River Avon on a Roll

I walked from Lacock today along the banks of the River Avon, and took a roll of paper with me. I wanted to experiment with using a roll as a set of Walking Pages. Here’s a short video of the results, with some photos of my route and work in progress underneath. The sound isContinue reading “River Avon on a Roll”

Crossing Points – Views from a Bike

It’s been a while since I did much artwork relating to Queer River. I have other river related projects and project plans bubbling away, but recently my mind and my individual artwork have been preoccupied with exploring autism/neurodivergence. Yesterday however,I got my bike fixed, and this morning I’ve been out and about, thinking about howContinue reading “Crossing Points – Views from a Bike”

Shedding Skin

Here are some photographs that I took last summer using algae and plants from my pond. These followed on from the chalk and water experiments that I’ve written about previously. I’m looking at these images again as I explore masking and neurodivergence (see Masking a recent post on my artist’s blog), and start to planContinue reading “Shedding Skin”

Neuroqueer

I’m beginning to explore the significance of neurodivergence to me and my work. Thank you to Rachel Clive for introducing me to the phrase/concept of neuroqueer during my time in Glasgow. Here’s a few images and quotes, to gently start the ball rolling on this exploration, in the context of Queer River. ‘I coined theContinue reading “Neuroqueer”

Queer River, Wet Land – Recording of Online Sharing Event

I’m glad to be able to share this recording for those of you that were unable to make the Queer River, Wet Land sharing event last month, which took place as part of The Dear Green Bothy, with The University of Glasgow, What can queer perspectives bring to creative explorations of river health and riverContinue reading “Queer River, Wet Land – Recording of Online Sharing Event”

Our Animal Bodies

After spending a while focusing on other rivers and people’s experiences of them, I felt the need to spend time with my own local river again this week, the River Avon as it passes out of the Vale of Pewsey and starts heading down towards Salisbury. I decided to focus my walk on the otherContinue reading “Our Animal Bodies”

Queer River, Wet Land – Performance Score Responses

I’m glad to be able to share these first few responses to the Queer River Wet Land performance score, written with Minty Donald, ahead of the Queer River Wet Land Sharing Event this coming Thursday, 25th November from 5 to 6.30 pm. In addition to the responses included below, Minty, Rachel Clive, Sage Brice andContinue reading “Queer River, Wet Land – Performance Score Responses”