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Sea Empress Project

Date joined: 07/11/16

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The 'Sea Empress' Project is an oral history and community art project, by artist Abigail Sidebotham, funded by Heritage Lottery Fund and Beatrice Plunkett, and delivered in partnership with Oriel Myrddin and Pembrokeshire County Council, during a residency at the Reading Room in Manorbier, Pembrokeshire (2016). 

 

Throughout the project  a number of public events; talks, workshops, film screenings and exhibitions took place at the Reading Room alongside production of four SEA EMPRESS publications that featured existing and commissioned new works by artists and writers that explored themes; Tide, Deep Time, Animism and Memory.  As well as this volunteers were trained to carry out their own oral history interviews, creating a digital archive of popular memory of the Sea Empress oil spill, which was exhibited at the Reading Room, made available online by People's Collection Wales, and held by  Pembrokeshire and National Library of Wales archives.   

 

The project sought to extend understanding of the Sea Empress oil spill beyond the economic and the ecological and toward the psychological and existential, exploring the diverse ways in which such a disaster is conceived of and articulated, both in the moment and in memory. 

 

Following the project Abigail Sidebotham made an artist film in response to the archive and the research she carried out during the project. The film called ‘I came like all the ghosts at once’ exhibited at both Oriel Myrddin in Carmarthen and the Manorbier Reading Room, during solo exhibitions in 2018.  

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Website: http://orielmyrddinoffsite.co.uk/

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