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Simon Read

Senior Lecturer in Fine Art/Photography

Simon Read - Between the Tides

Between the Tides


Simon Read, Middlesex University, was an invited speaker and participant in the case study workshops of "Between the Tides", an AHRC-Humanities Research Networking and Exchange Scheme project comparing the tidal landscapes of the Severn Estuary and the Wadden Sea and arts and humanities research into them.

The full project title is “Between the Tides. Comparative arts and humanities approaches to living with(in) intertidal landscapes in UK & the Netherlands. Learning from those who live and work with complexity, change and fragility”.

The project aims to survey current arts and humanities research and practice in the UK and Netherlands (NL) in relation to low-lying intertidal and littoral landscapes and the communities who live and work with them. It will bring these together to exchange and develop conceptual and thematic approaches to living (within) dynamic, changing and rhythmic environments, which are at risk, but also hold high value in natural and cultural heritage for the broader community.

The project is based upon case studies of the Severn Estuary and the Wadden Sea, two of the most important intertidal landscapes in the world. The intention is to establish an international arts and humanities community dedicated to intertidal and littoral landscapes which will sustain beyond the project and extend to other areas across the world.

This project is jointly coordinated Dr Owain Jones of the University of Gloucestershire and Dr Bettina van Hoven of the University of Groningen, Netherlands. The amount of the grant awarded is in the region of € 40.000.

The structure of the project is a number of symposia and case study workshops divided between the Severn Estuary and the Wadden Sea spread over the period between 2012 – 2014.

The first of these was 15th/16th October 2012 with a field trip to the Severn Estuary on 15th and a workshop in Bristol on the 16th. Here, Read made a presentation upon saltmarsh projects carried out on the River Deben in Suffolk and the map commissioned by AHRC of the Humber Estuary as a part of the workshop.

Between 1-3 July 2013 Read attended the “International and Interdisciplinary Conference on Emotional Geographies”at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands. As a contribution to the session “Emotional Geographies of the Coast 2: Encountering the Elements, he presented “Lost in Translation: An artist's role in fostering the principle of community ownership in the development of viable coastal management strategies.” Read also presented the AHRC, Landscape and Environment film “Imagining Change: Coastal Conversations” as a part of a screening event.

There will be one further event in 2014 to be held in the Netherlands, date to be confirmed.