Yarmouth Springs Eternal is a project exploring the natural world, reflecting upon the isolation and anxiety experienced during COVID-19. It will take place from Spring Equinox, 20th March 2021. You can follow updates on the project on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.
This year, reports (including from Mind, ONS and Royal College of Psychiatrists) on the impact of COVID and lockdown have shown an increase in first-time mental illness, greater harm from housing insecurity, and Black and Asian Minority Ethnic groups being disproportionately affected.
YSE was developed in response, to create space for using the natural world and arts as a lens to explore isolation and lived experiences. The group’s own perspectives will offer rich interpretations to inform deeper reflections on cultural heritage, access to nature and inequality. The project will engage culturally and linguistically diverse communities and adults who have experienced homelessness, currently living in Great Yarmouth.
In a recent report by Mind on COVID & mental health, walking and making art were cited as positive coping strategies. ‘Spending time outdoors’ was used by 67% of adults during this period.
Using Market Gates shopping centre in Great Yarmouth (a space devoid of nature) as a base for walking explorations, we’ll listen, look, smell, touch and taste to share the experience of actively seeking out hope and watching spring unfold together, offering a different experience to spring 2020. Participants will witness and record plant/nature discoveries through photography, writing and drawing/collage workshops.
Project supporters & funders
Yarmouth Springs Eternal is led in partnership with Great Yarmouth-based arts charity originalprojects;, including access to their creative space, Primeyarc, for the workshop delivery and exhibition programme.
The project is made possible with generous funding and support from Norfolk & Norwich Festival’s Creative Individuals Norfolk fund, East Anglia Art Fund and Norfolk County Council’s Arts Project Fund.