Precarious Straits

Precarious Straits

survival on Southend’s new coast, Southend-under-Sea’, collaboration with The Old Waterworks

Featuring an iteration of Under/Valued Energetic Economy, that spotlights Building land and racial justice podcast, Land In Our Names aswell as Like Weeds Through Cracks, an interview with Rajiv Bera, Queer Masala and Raju Rage From Recipes For Resistance.

In early 2020, Creative Estuary commissioned four creative cultural projects with Estuary-based producers and artists, to contribute to the Associated Programme for Estuary 2021. Precarious straits ~ survival on Southend’s new coast, Southend-under-Sea, is one of the commissions.

‘Precarious Straits…’ will be a manual for awareness and survival, looking at the speculative economic, political and ecological futures people may have to navigate. TOW and TOMA’s starting point comes from research put forward by Climate Central—an independent group of leading scientists and journalists—suggesting much of the world’s coastlines will be submerged due to flooding by 2050, including Southend. TOMA and TOW will use this research and their existing ways of working together as a point of departure. A place to begin thinking and practicing in these uncertain times, working out ways to support small art ecologies in Southend and beyond. Solid foundations will, after all, help us in precarious straits.

There will be an exhibition at the TOMA Project Space in the Royals Shopping Centre, Southend, and a series of workshops and events that will lead us away from the rising tides of the estuary, down the high street and in-land to The Old Waterworks.

There will also be a care package commission – artwork will be sent in the post to disabled people, people with caring responsibilities or people otherwise unable to access arts and culture in person, bringing physical artworks to people’s doors.