The Great Thames Disaster (research & development)

Daisy and I were awarded funding from Arts Council England and local authority partners to tour our latest project ‘ The Great Thames Disaster’.

Following a successful research and development project in 2017 we developed and toured the work to unconventional venues from July to September 2018. In each location we worked with local young people to involve them in the performance and installation.

The Princess Alice project in 2017 can be seen here, the work focused on ‘an open parasol’ used as a life buoy by a female passenger to ¬†float to safety. For the Great Thames Disaster I concerned myself with the ‘incongruous flotsam of objects; hats; shawls; shoes; long flowing tresses, that collected with the sulphur fumes on the surface of the Black Thames’ and the ‘Black Museum’ at Woolwich, with it’s bundles of possessions numbered to coincide with burial plots.

I began work on a large installation that included drawing and fabric, the techniques I used were easily transferrable to the various school and young peoples workshops that Daisy and I  programmed into dance rehearsals.

Much of my research was onboard LV21 at Gravesend. I was drawn to the site of the Generator Room, with it’s cold green steel floor, huge white steel drums – air receivers for the fog horn, the smell of diesel and the sound of water on the metal hull as the tide ebbs and floods. Images and film show research for my installation, including my work onboard LV21.

Photographs by Artist and Paivi Seppala.

In memory of my Dad who showed me how to be adventurous, thank you.