Water Week to be held in Hailsham

Hailsham high street
Hailsham high street

Artists Charlotte Still and Clare Whistler are holding a Water Week in Hailsham from Monday (March 10) until Sunday (March 16).

There will be six days of information, conversations, and reflections on the theme of water, involving more than 50 contributors across five venues in Hailsham.

The pair were inspired to hold Water Week after exploring the sources and streams of the River Cuckmere.

Hailsham Forward Partnership gifted an empty shop at Vicarage Field in Hailsham town centre to the artists where they have worked since July 2013.

As an offering to the town they have conceived Water Week. Each event will bring together people who are interested in, inspired by and knowledgeable about water, both local and global.

On Monday (March 10) you can hear about the exciting discovery by Mark Golding of an ancient spring in Hastings, and a guide to saving Britain’s ponds with local pond conservation expert and environmentalist Peter

Birchall, aka ‘Pete the Pond’, who gives advice on Alan Titchmarsh’s website.

Clive Hedger will talk about Holywell, Eastbourne and there will be storytelling by writer and spiritual ecologist Andreas Kornevall.

Joining them are artists Roz Cran, with her collection of river water, and Jane Trowell who has travelled from the source to the mouth of the River Thames.

The Pavillion Cinema opens its doors on Tuesday night (March 11), when local comedian and actor Angus Dunican hosts an evening of International award-winning Artist’s films inspired by water. Featuring short films by Andrew Kotting, Rebecca.E.Marshall, Nichola Bruce, Nick Snelling, Chris Dury, Tom Chick, Kristjiana Semper and Damien Peyret.

Guest speakers from South East Water, Wealden and Rother Drainage, Sussex Wildlife Trust and the Environment Agency will provide an evening of information and advice on Wednesday (March 12).

The body and water will become the focus for a series of interactions with artists Clare Best, Mary Anne Aytoun-Ellis and Lucy Neal at Freedom Leisure Centre on Thursday (March 13).

On Friday (March 14) Women and Water take centre stage with a series of talks and performances. Historian Hetta Howes talks about medieval women and their association with water. The talks will be interspersed by poetry readings from River Jones and two contrasting performance pieces, that will in turn invigorate and provoke by dance artist and Butoh practitioner, Yumino Seki and Ruth Fern who is Creative Director at Volcano Theatre, Wales.

Saturday afternoon (March 15) provides an opportunity for adults and children of all ages to walk to The Common Pond to join Lisa Stevens in making and floating boats and listening to stories and a talk about the local

history of the Pond by Paul Endersby.

There will also be a talk by Andrew Durling from Friends of the Earth.

The grand finale of Water Week takes place in Chapter 12 Wine bar on Sunday night (March 16), with an evening

of water-inspired music, from classical to contemporary.

Violinist Joanna Lawrence and singers Katherine Gillham and Ellen Southern have both created new pieces to be premiered at Water Week.

Multi-instrumentalist Paul Chi will be joined by singers Jane Metcalf, Danny Emerson and Laura Jordan.

Singer/songwriter’ Carrie Tree will also bring soulful melodies with poetic lyrics.

The events will begin at 7pm every evening.

All events are free and open to all.

More information about each day’s events can be found by searching for Hailsham Water Week on Facebook.