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Katy Lee – Going on Taw

May 18, 2024   -   Jul 6, 2024

Since January 2023 Katy Lee, lead artist and Creative Producer, has swum, walked and canoed the River Taw speaking to experts, gathering stories and worked with seven different community groups who use/depend on the River or are geographically linked to it.  Going on Taw is an 18-month storytelling & poetry project that travelled the length of the River Taw from Source to Sea – culminating in an exhibition at the Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon.

During the project poems written by participants travelled up and down the river, gathering in size as a pen-pal scheme grew between Chulmleigh, Umberleigh, Bishops Tawton Primary Schools & Sunrise Diversity.  Katy Lee worked with over 170 participants, from primary schools situated along the length of the River Taw, Barnstaple Memory Cafe, Barnstaple Youth Centre & ESOL students at Sunrise Diversity.

This exhibition is the last phase of Going on Taw, and will feature Katy’s hand built canoe, which was built to travel along the Taw. The participant’s thoughts and imaginings about the river were written on the canoe Katy paddled down the Taw and have helped to shaped the content of the project alongside Katy’s own writings.  Live professional riverbank storytelling & poetry performances, 7 podcasts, 7 short films and this exhibition are all part of the wider project.

Katy has worked with composer David Smale, filmmaker Jessica Pearson and photographer and canoe builder, Vince Large.

Saturday 1st June, Belstone @ 4pm. Meet outside The Tors Inn at 3.45pm

Ticket price £8.00

Q & A Meet the artist after the show.

Meet at the front of The Tors Inn, Belstone where you will be met by a steward who will guide you to the performance site.

Please be aware there is a steep footpath to negotiate. No wheelchair / limited mobility access

Please park in the public carpark as you enter the village and bring something suitable to sit on.

30 tickets only available.

Saturday 15th June, Eggesford @ 4pm. Meet at the Fox and Hounds Country Hotel at 3.45pm

Ticket price £8.00

Q & A Meet the artist after the show.

Meet in the Hotel Bar to be greeted by a steward. Please arrive by 3.45pm

Drinks and food is available to purchase from the Hotel Bar.

Please bring something to sit on.

30 tickets only available.

Saturday 29th June, Barnstaple Museum @ 3pm. Fringe Theatrefest Barnstaple performance.

This is a pay-what-you-will-show. There are no tickets but there will be a bucket-collection.

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