The (Future) Wales Coast Path is a year-long series of creative events and installations about our relationship to land and water. Public events run seasonally until October 2022

Join us to explore the intertidal zone of the future, starting at our Lighthouses on Magor Marsh and at Newport Riverfront.

We are hosting free live and remote events and conversations throughout the year in Newport, Magor, and the wider Gwent Levels. There are opportunities for walking, making, and talking, plus an international collaboration with communities in the Indian Sundarbans, who are at the frontline of rising sea levels today.

The project is led by local artist Alison Neighbour, with producer Elen Roberts, researcher Dr Emma McKinley, and Calcutta-based artist Vikram Iyengar.

Project partners include the Severn Estuary Partnership, Gwent Wildlife Trust, Our Living Levels, Newport Riverfront & Newport Fusion. The work is funded by Arts Council Wales, Living Levels and Newport Fusion.

Meet the team

Alison Neighbour

Alison grew up in Chepstow and Newport and is an artist working in theatre, dance, installation and site-responsive practice, locally and internationally. Alison creates multi-disciplinary artworks and live experiences that place the audience at the centre of the live moment, and she seeks to use art to activate and empower communities and to connect people and place with a deeper understanding of our natural world. Alison has been developing The (Future) Wales Coast Path since taking part in the National Theatre Wales residency “Egin” in 2019.

Dr Emma McKinley

Dr Emma McKinley is a Research Fellow at Cardiff University. Her research focuses on understanding the complex relationships between society and the sea, taking account of diverse perceptions, attitudes and values held by different communities and audiences, and considers how this insight can be used to support effective ocean governance.

Elen Roberts

Elen is a freelance arts manager with over ten years’ experience in arts development and production. She also runs and arts consultancy called Dica and has worked with artists on international programmes in Mexico, Argentina, China, Canada and the USA. Elen is interested in creative projects across different arforms, that highlight societal issues and make a difference to people’s lives.


Stephen Heinson

Stephen is a freelancer working across visual arts, exhibition and film with 9+ years’ experience in marketing, communications, outreach and community engagement. He’s worked at and with organisations including Chapter, Artes Mundi, Film London Artist’s Moving Image Network and with artists including Ken Loach and Apichatpong Weerasethakul.

With thanks to our project funders and partners: