Reflections on The Ring: Symposium

January 30, 2019 / 14:30

The Art House, Worcester

Reflections on The Ring: Art on the Worcestershire Waterways

January 30th 2019, 2:30-7pm

The Art House, University of Worcester, Castle Street, Worcester, WR1 3ZB

In October 2018, after 6 months of temporary art installations and events celebrating the communities, histories and environments of the Mid-Worcestershire Ring, The Ring programme came to an end.

Reflections on The Ring offers time and space for artists, producers, directors, partners and stakeholders to reflect on the project; the impact it has had locally and nationally and possible future directions. The afternoon will include presentations from artist, Katy Beinart, sculptor Rich White and poet, Heather Wastie. Musician and sound artist, Sam Underwood will be running a sound workshop using the ‘listening devices’ he crafted from flood waste as part of The Ring’s programme and poet Emily Wilkinson will be displaying her haiku pavement poetry inspired by the waterways.

Delegates will also have the opportunity to hear from Cathy Mager, Artistic Director for The Ring, Manda Graham, Project Manager for The Ring, Tim Eastop, Executive Producer of Arts on the Waterways, Professor Clare Lees, Director of the Institute of English Studies and Dr Alex Loftus, Lecturer in Geography at King’s College London.

The afternoon will focus on the ways in which contemporary public arts practice can foster connections and commonalities across time and space. Who and what do the artworks remember, how do they make space for different voices to tell their stories and how do they open up diverse ways of knowing the past in Droitwich and Worcester? There will be plenty of time for audience questions, debate and discussion throughout the symposium.

Tea and coffee will be provided and from 6pm there will be a wine reception.

Tickets are free, but booking is essential. Please click here to book online.



14:00-14:30 Registration


14:30-14:40 Welcome

Beth Whalley (King’s College London)


14:40-15:00 Session I: Introducing The Ring

Cathy Mager (Artistic Director, The Ring) and Manda Graham (Project Manager, The Ring)


15:00-15:45 Session 2: Worcester: Sculpture and Soundscapes

Dr Alex Loftus (Senior Lecturer in Geography, King’s College London)

Rich White (Artist, ‘Occupation’, The Ring)

Cathy Mager (Artistic Director, The Ring)

Chair: Dr John Parham (Principal Lecturer, Media and Cultural Studies, University of Worcester)


15:45-16:30 Coffee Break

Musician and sound artist Sam Underwood will be running sound workshops in the University of Worcester grounds.


16:30-17:30 Session 3: Droitwich: Poetry and Pavilions

S. Mark Gubb (Senior Lecturer in Fine Art, University of Worcester)

Katy Beinart (Artist, ‘Saltways’, The Ring)

Heather Wastie (Artist, ‘The Muck and Shovel Brigade’, The Ring)

Chair: Manda Graham (Project Manager, The Ring)


17:30-18:00 Session 4: Reflections

Professor Clare A. Lees (Professor of Medieval Literature and Director, Institute of English Studies, University of London)

Tim Eastop (Producer, Arts on the Waterways, Canal & River Trust)


18:00-19:00 Reception

Wine, soft drinks and nibbles will be served.



Our symposium venue, the University of Worcester’s new building, The Art House, is wheelchair accessible. If you have any additional accessibility needs or any dietary requirements, please contact Beth on to discuss how we can support you.

Reflections on The Ring is a one-day symposium kindly hosted by The University of Worcester and made possible by the generous support of King’s College London, The Institute of English Studies and the Canal & River Trust.