Confluence: The River Speaks is an exciting new participatory arts project that looks to engage communities along the River Wandle with its material, social and cultural history.  The project, combining multiple art forms, will lead to a permanent installation at the new Ram Quarter Heritage Centre (set to open in early 2018), whose site sits on the estuary of the River Wandle. Led by multi-disciplinary artist, curator and producer, Helen Frosi, the project takes inspiration from the myriad faceted aspects of the River Wandle delving into its character and history.

Nine bespoke workshops and recording sessions are taking place in a range of locations along the River Wandle throughout September and October 2017, to capture a story about the River’s 14km route from the spring source to the Thames.

All activities are hands-on and a chance to experiment with different techniques including: drawing and sketching, collecting, field recording, lino printing, listening, local history, material studies, natural history appreciation, poetry, photography, presentations, rambling, soundscapes, vocalisation and aesthetic movement. These workshops and recording sessions will then feed into a final permanent installation at Ram Quarter Heritage Centre.

Confluence: The River Speaks has been commissioned on behalf of Greenland Group, developer of The Ram Quarter, as part of an exciting arts programme curated by culture agency Futurecity in partnership with the Pump House Gallery. Living Wandle is supporting and co-funding the project alongside Wandsworth Council and Enable Leisure & Culture.

If you are interested in getting involved with this project or for more information please contact Helen Frosi directly on


This project is part of the wider Living Wandle Landscape Partnership Scheme, funded by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund.

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