Take a moment to watch our Art and Design lecturer, Tom Hackett’s new project, ‘Lying Low to Keep afloat’ - A conversational odyssey along the River Trent. The perfect antidote if you’re having a stressed out lockdown. A great video interviewing Tom about the project. By Jonnie Howard, and featuring stunning piano by Tom’s son, Freddie.
During 2020, Tom has walked and paddled along the course of the river Trent, gathering conversations from people he met along the way. Hackett visited key towns and cities from the source of the river, including Stoke, Burton, Nottingham, and Newark. The journey culminated at Scunthorpe, where the Trent meets the North Sea.
Scunthorpe is also the location for an exhibition of the work, due to be at 20-21 Visual Arts Centre. The exhibition is from 9 Jan to 27 March 2021, lockdown permitting. There is also an online version of the gallery which can be accessed here.
The project has culminated in an audiovisual installation, featuring the audio work of Julian Woodcock, another of our Art & Design lecturers. Don’t miss this audio journey through the history of the Trent, told by the people Tom met along its banks.
You can listen to this in full below. Treat yourself to a listen, you’ll be glad you did.
My father says the river is like a living, breathing thing. It clears your head after a mad day at work.Anonymous contributor - Lying Low to Keep afloat
It’s always great to see projects and achievements from our hard working lecturers, many of whom, like Tom are actively engaged in their profession alongside lecturing.
Lying low to keep afloat has been developed working with 20-21 Visual Art Centre and Brewhouse Arts Centre. It is supported by public funding by Grants for the Arts, Arts Council England and 20-21 Visual Arts Centre.