Facebook tells me I posted this picture 5 years ago. The Severn Estuary – why we should care about it

which is not particularly remarkable. Except that my question to myself, when I posted it, was “how can I ever leave here?”


I still wonder about this a lot, and suspect the answer is I can’t. But I really mean I don’t wish to close down the possibility of coming back  here, because the river is so inspirational. And it is much more than that. I think it is so important it needs protecting. It is the third thing that has made feel like this – the other two being my children.

It is random

And rhythmic


And comforting


And raging


And meandering


And roaring


And death


Researchers are mapping it, Plymouth Marine Laboratory have created a report about it:

What did the Severn Estuary ever do for us?

Facts, data and all the things we need to fight for its place in the world.

Owain Jones has created a website to record art projects that relate to it – Tidal Cultures.

Flow Contemporary Art sis named after it.

When a river gets under your skin, you must make sure no-one damages it.  You have no choice, its sheer mass floods your veins and it becomes a part of you.

Published by carolyn black

I'm an artist and also commission contemporary art in unusual locations. As a producer, I fundraise, curate, project manage and deliver projects. I'm also a writer and film-maker.

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