I Live Here was a creative project encouraging young people to respond to our 2022 theme Human ⇋ Nature in the Wye Valley. Using a series of prompts, young people were encouraged to create a personal response which included creative writing, visual, performance & media arts, environmental and eco projects.

We sent the prompts into schools throughout the area in spring 2022 and received more than 600 responses, including words and images. We showcased as many of them as possible in an exhibition at the Brockweir and Hewelsfield village shop, and in an interactive trail in and around the lower Wye area for the duration of the 2022 Festival.

The lead artist on the project was Creative Community Champion Catherine Hawkridge, who says

“We are lucky to live in such a beautiful landscape, rich in wildlife and natural treasures. I hope the project will encourage a mindful and respectful approach to the area and participants will find it inspiring sharing and hearing about the experiences, opinions and actions of others expressed through the work.”

About Catherine:

I am a visual artist, maker, and educator living in the Lower Wye Valley. My studio series ‘Weathering’ is inspired by the natural world with all its perceived imperfections such as age, weather and general disorder. In the work, accidental and purposeful marks, drips and spills combine to create vibrant and colourful celebrations of nature.

Connect with Catherine catherine.wvrf@gmail.com