Produced by Creative Sustainability CIC

Art works, performance and installations created by over 120 local people and artists explore the theme of Wool and Water. The canal is a focal point for canal communities to collaborate with local and regional artists to discover, connect and interpret producing work that expresses their relationship with local place.

Bringing community and artists together to celebrate and create their local art scene creates all sorts of connections between people and places. The canal represents a corridor for the movement of people, wildlife and ideas and this project invites the question of ‘who gets to call themselves an artist?’

Creative Sustainability is leading on community engagement for the Cotswold Canals Connected project and is engaging the wider community with the Wool and Water Festival. With thanks to National Heritage Lottery Fund, The Arts Council and private donors.

‘While You Wait’

Stories of the canal told by community voices, an installation
Location: Stroud Station Hub, Platform 2, Stroud Train Station
When 12pm to 4pm, 7th and 8th of September
Community voices heard by installation artist Tara Downs

‘Now leaving from Platform 2’

A platform performance inspired by local people and their stories
Location: Platform 2, Stroud Train Station
When: 2.30pm, 7th September
Community stories performed by Jonny Fluffypunk and Stuart Butler, poets and performers

‘Walled Works’

Graffiti as canal side art and youth community voice
Location: Canal Side location to be confirmed
When: Throughout the festival
Youth community groups working with the Dan Sparks Collective

‘Connecting Communities’

Flags to celebrate and connect canal communities from Stroud and the UK
Location: Canal bridges from Stroud to Stonehouse
When: 12pm to 5pm, 7th and 8th of September
Community groups working with Katerina Child at Atelier and artist Debs Hoy

‘Wildlife Imprints’

Celebrating the canal as wildlife corridor through printmaking
Location: Museum in the Park gardens tbc
When: 11am to 4pm, 7th and 8th of September
Community groups working with Stroud Artists

‘Our Place’

Art that explores local places and our sense of ownership of where we live
Location: Stroud and Stonehouse Station Galleries, platforms 1 and 2
When: Throughout the festival