New arts projects announced to support and celebrate resilient local communities affected by flooding


Six original new creative projects have been commissioned from local artists who will work with hundreds of people from the flood-hit towns of Calderdale in a cultural celebration of their resilience and friendship. From July to September, the six ‘Water Works’ projects will feature the stories and creativity of local people from Brighouse, Elland, Hebden Bridge, Mytholmroyd, Sowerby Bridge and Todmorden.

In support of the people, businesses and places affected by the devastating floods of December 2015 Water Works will help to put the Calder Valleys on the map for their considerable creativity. Home-grown partnerships between Yorkshire-based artists and local communities will create opportunities for local people to get involved in some of the commissioned projects.

Produced by 509 Arts, following a region-wide call out, the ‘Water Works’ are part of the imaginative ‘Landlines and Watermarks’ cultural programme, commissioned by Calderdale Council and the Community Foundation for Calderdale (CFFC), with support from Arts Council England. Since 2015 the CFFC has raised £3.4 Million to support those affected in the Calder Valleys by flooding; the backing of these commissions continues this care by celebrating the resilience of the area and its people..

Alan Dix who leads the creative team said: “It’s extraordinary to see how some of the places hardest-hit by flooding have channelled their resilience and adaptability into these creative collaborations. The communities of Calderdale are exceptionally enterprising, as the diverse and imaginative projects demonstrate.

International-class artists will be working here this summer and showing the world how water has played a vital part in shaping the culture of the valley. We hope to attract many people to the area to experience the work leading artists have created with hundreds of local people – through performances, films, installations and more – that reflect their personal stories and experiences”.

Calderdale Council’s Director of Communities and Service Support, Robin Tuddenham, said:

“The Water Works project features inspiring cultural activity taking place across Calderdale culminating in a celebration of our community in the Piece Hall in September. The project will show the world and tell the story of how our towns and communities are recovering from the devastating flooding of 2015.

“These events are part of Landlines and Watermarks, which will support our local communities and businesses and show that Calderdale is well and truly open for business.”


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May 27, 2017