Inter/Tidal is our international programme of activity taking place on Sagar Island in the Bay of Bengal, in association with Calcutta based arts company Ranan and funded by Wales Arts International.
Workshops took place on Sagar in July 2022 with students from the island, where they explored their intertidal zone, a space that is rapidly shrinking as the island is eroded by rising sea levels. For these students, climate change is a normal part of their lives, they adapt and make the best of what little they have. For many, this was their first visit to the seawall that holds back the ocean from their villages. They created gifts for us here in Wales, which were exchanged with residents of the Gwent Levels as the beginning of a two month creative conversation between the two communities. In Wales, workshops took place in Magor, where we mapped our walk through the future intertidal space from the village to the sea wall, and collected polaroid pictures on Magor Marsh of the plants, flowers and bugs that inhabit the area.
Since July we have been hosting a conversation on an online forum with workshop participants, and sharing further gifts of photographs, knowledge and stories. In October Sagar will host a lantern procession to coincide with our lantern procession in Wales.
If you would like to be part of this conversation there’s still time to get involved. Please email email@example.com to find out more.
Artists working with the community on Sagar are Prarthana Hazra, Amlan Chaudhuri, Kunal Chakraborty, and Debashree Bhattacharya. Curation by Vikram Iyengar.