Multi-Story Water was an interactive project taking place in the Eastville area of Bristol during 2012-13. This site is now an archive of its activities. During the project, we sought to involve local people in a creative conversation about the River Frome and their relationships with it – about the pleasures it brings, the memories it holds, and the risks it poses. To develop these themes, we used storytelling, performance, walking tours, workshops, and even a street party.
Our initial activities took place over the summer of 2012, and culminated in a special weekend celebration on 29th-30th September. Please see our Gallery pages for a pictorial round-up of all the events. Our Events page gives a full schedule of the activities that took place. The project then continued to work with pupils at Glenfrome Primary School during the autumn of 2012. In 2013, we conducted a range of follow-up activities, creating a digital archive of memories of the area’s watery history. A community film event hosted by the school included the premiere of a new film made with local filmmaker Jez Toogood, Frome Voices, which features a number of people who also participated actively in the earlier stages of the project.
The River Frome has many stories to tell. As it flows through Eastville, it runs past homes and businesses, a school, under the motorway, and finally through sluice gates – where it disappears underground on its way to the city centre. The river connects different parts of the community, but do you feel connected to it?
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