Catching Tales

Tue, 2017-04-25 10:26
New art projects inspired by memories of the Bay's unique fishing heritage

Morecambe Bay Partnership is excited to announce a new programme of community-based art commissions that will celebrate the unique fishing heritage of Morecambe Bay entitled ‘Catching Tales’. Since 2015 Morecambe Bay Partnership has been working with volunteers to collect and record the personal memories of those involved in the Bay’s fishing communities, past and present. This fascinating archive captures everything from the skills and changing techniques of the industry, to a snap shot of the social history of fishing families   and their own reflections about life lived on the edge of Bay. These important memories will be held by local Archives for future generations.

Now, Morecambe Bay Partnership is able to share some of these memories within the community and raise awareness of the archive through three creative projects collectively called ‘Catching Tales – Fishing Stories from Morecambe Bay’ that will be delivered in 2017-18. Fable Arts, from Lytham, will be creating a soundscape piece called ‘Fleeting’ which will celebrate fishing memories on the trains that travel around the Bay. On special Sundays throughout September 2017, Northern Rail will host these magical mini-broadcasts on some of its trains as memories are mixed with the natural sounds of the Bay allowing people to learn and reflect on the landscape passing by their window.

Morecambe artist Kate Drummond will be creating a series of beautifully designed newspapers through 2017-18 bringing together stories and quotes from the archive with illustrations and fishing imagery. These will be distributed in the towns and villages central to the fishing industry and shared through schools, libraries and special events.

Finally, in 2018, chorographer and dance artist from Lancaster Jenny Reeves, in partnership with sound engineer Lee Affen and Ludus Dance, will work with primary school children from around the Bay to create a wonderful performance piece to be showcased on Morecambe Promenade. Taking inspiration from the physical nature of fishing and the tides and elements that shape the Bay, the piece will capture the spirit of the Bay’s shared fishing heritage and engage the younger generation with this important part of the Bay’s history.

Michelle Cooper, Community & Heritage Training Officer at Morecambe Bay Partnership explains more: “Thanks to funding from HLF we have been given an amazing opportunity to record for posterity memories of an industry that is central to the character of Morecambe Bay. This will live on through the services of our Regional Archives but the memories people have been kind enough to share, are too special just to deposit in an archive without any fanfare. We want to make more people aware of the work we have been doing and raise awareness of these important eye-witness histories. We hope by taking a creative approach we will inspire people to discover more about the fishing heritage of Morecambe Bay , encourage the chance to reflect, and celebrate the contributions from all the volunteers who have taken part. ”

Image: (Clockwise from bottom left)Kate Drummond, Jenny Reeves, Lee Affen and Alex O'Toole with oral history project facilitator Jenn Mattinson (centre).

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