Saturday 29th May 2021
29 May Gunners Park - starting times 11am and 3pm - meeting point: Estuary 2021 Info Hub in Gunners Park - here.
Artist-activists Ackroyd & Harvey bring the spirit of rebellion to Wat Tyler Country Park in respect of the place that seeded a peasant revolt over six hundred years ago, and in recognition of the growing movements worldwide that are declaring a climate and ecological emergency.
From the starting point of Wat Tyler Country Park, three performers walk various routes across the estuary, pulling a horse-drawn trap on which is mounted one of Ackroyd & Harvey’s iconic grass photographs depicting a portrait of a rebel. At stopping points along the route, the three pitch camp and make their case for rebellion – from the court dock, from the earth and from the streets. REBEL performers are Valerie Antwi, James McGregor and Venice van Somerten.
Ackroyd & Harvey are co-founders of Culture Declares Emergency and for this new art-performance work have created a partnership with Writers Rebel. Texts are courtesy of Iggy Fox, Jay Griffiths and Susana Medina.
*The wood-blocking sessions will take place outside with appropriate space between participants.
*Hand sanitiser and masks will be available.
*Each workstation will have dedicated tools and equipment and will be cleaned between users.
*Our safety measures will be in place to protect both our audience and our performers.
“Only when it is dark enough can you see the stars, and they are lining up now to write rebellion across the skies.” Jay Griffiths, Why Rebel
Image credits: REBEL, Ackroyd & Harvey, photo by Mark Massey