Marble Run: River

We commissioned two artists to work with young people in Carlisle as part of a project working with communities affected by the December 2015 floods that helps them reconnect with their river.

Marble Run: River is the brainchild of artists, Charlie Whinney and Nick Greenall.

Charlie, a wood steam-bending specialist who creates large scale art installations around the world, and Nick, a digital media artist who works extensively with young people in Cumbria through his collective - Art Locates Me, have joined forces for this special project to work with young learners from Nacro and the Senior Youth Club based at Carlisle Youth Zone.

Since early October, they have helped the artists to create a massive sculpture of a river from locally-sourced Larch, Oak and Ash.

Marble Run: River is a beautiful, yet playful piece of kinetic art with sweeping lines that mirrors river processes linked to natural river flood management.

It meanders, disrupts and ‘slows the flow’ of marbles as they journey downstream. Look closely and you’ll find words expressing people’s experiences of the floods of December 2015 that devastated large parts of Cumbria, including Carlisle.

As well as working with the artists to create the sculpture, they are learning a wide range of skills, from wood-working techniques to understanding about natural river processes.
They are considering the impact that rivers can have on theirs and other people’s lives, explore the collections of Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery, and gain their Bronze Arts Award.

This is an exciting collaboration between Eden Rivers Trust, Nacro, Carlisle Youth Zone, Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery and the artists.

Marble Run: River can been at:
6 - 18 December 2016: Inn on the Lake grounds, Glenridding
25-28 October 2016: Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery, Carlisle

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This project has been made possible by support from the
Heritage Lottery Fund.