I have begun to explore my experience of growing up beside the sea, using the coastline as a site for investigation.
I‘m interested in making drawings of the beach with a view to being able to introduce a new understanding about this ‘place’ in conversation with diverse groups.
The Atkinson recently organised an inspirational meeting at Crosby Marina for their current project called ‘Chorus of the Coast.’ We met with Eve Harrison, the Composer for the project, along with pupils from St Elizabeth’s Catholic Primary School, Litherland and local wildlife expert, John Dempsey, author of 'Wild Merseyside,'
Sefton Coastline is a great place to look for wild life - mossland, dunes, pine woods and estuary right on the doorstep.
“There’s the RSPB Reserve at Marshside, the Ainsdale and Birkdale dunes, looked after by Sefton’s Ranger Service, the Marine Lake, or the miles of shoreline between Ainsdale and the Plough roundabout," says John. See link.
The Atkinson has commissioned versatile musician, Eve Harrison, to work with schools and community groups located along the Sefton coastline culminating in the composition of a single piece of contemporary music. The project will work with four groups including; children and young people from a primary and a secondary school, and an older persons’ group living with dementia. The project will be engaging with audiences from a wide range of backgrounds and needs. Each group will explore a part of the coast that is local to them and digitally record the sounds they experience.
'The aim of the project is to portray the human perspective of the natural world by drawing on human interaction with the surrounding environment.
The project will culminate in a concert that will be performed to the general public at the Atkinson on November 24th 2014 to convey a message that local people should value and seek to conserve their unique and irreplaceable environment. The piece will be performed by some of the groups involved in the project alongside and supported by professional musicians.' (The Atkinson, 2014)