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Future Memory in Place was built on the outcomes of the original Beyond Text initiative, De-Placing Future Memory . We were able to expand on the fundamental idea that was crystallized there, that place is neither fixed nor replicable, and that the bond between memory and place is itself a construct, that can be strengthened or weakened. We also developed further the experimental methods used to explore these issues through art practice. For the follow-on-funding scheme these became the main tools through which we were able to bring these ideas to the wider community and engage them in the discourse on place and mobility.

The Future Memory in Place initiative was made possible by the Beyond Text follow-on-funding scheme, along with support from the Arts Council of Wales, University of Exeter, Glynn Vivian Gallery and National Waterfront Museum. Working together with the artist Catrin Webster we conducted a series of intensive art and ancient history workshops throughout spring and summer terms, involving some 3000 members of the Swansea community. Our specific aim was to employ kinaesthetic learning, using the ancient world as a starting point to explore alternative ways of understanding place, beyond territory, and as the sum of interactions and the imagination. A number of workshops were developed which included experimental ideas such as maps as poems or performance, maps of sound, drawing as seeing, objects as ideas, and time as matter. Through drawing, painting and the examination of artefacts, participants were encouraged to think creatively, beyond given constructs such as landscape or the foreigner.

The result was a programme of activities that culminated in a number of Art Works and Events :

1) A permanent sculpture based on the ancient artefact of the same name, the Tessera Hospitalis, sited at the National Waterfront Museum, Swansea

2) A live performance of 1000 Colours Blue, a filmic piece accompanied by a score performed by a choir, derived from the blue colours (1000 Blues) collected from the Swansea landscape by participants. Performed in Castle Gardens, Swansea city centre, using the BBC Big Screen

3) An exhibition of 800 postcards which arose from the participants’ many connections with places around the world, shown at the Oriel Bach Gallery, Swansea

Currently the methods that have been developed through this project are being integrated into teaching practice in schools and especially into contexts where there are high-risk groups and divided communities. The underpinning ideas have led to the creation of art works, publications, new projects, and continuing collaborations.

Key Words: History _ Archaeology _ Journeys _ Memory _ Painting _ Place _ Sculpture _ Sound


Restricted Access: Some items in this community are restricted, often due to the sensitivity of data regarding children. In order to request access to any such restricted data, please contact Dr Elena Isayev and Catrin Webster.

Webpages: This project also maintains several further webpages:

  • The project’s blog

  • The project’s Beyond Text webpage

  • The project’s University of Exeter webpage


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    • All Postcards - Fronts - Censored 

      Isayev, Elena; Webster, Catrin (University of Exeter, 2013-02-13)
      This item contains all of the fronts of the postcards produced by school pupils during workshops conducted as part of the AHRC-funded 'Future Memory in Place' project. They are firstly divided by school, and then divided ...
    • All Postcards - Backs - Censored 

      Isayev, Elena; Webster, Catrin (University of Exeter, 2013-02-13)
      This item contains all of the backs of the postcards produced by school pupils during workshops conducted as part of the AHRC-funded 'Future Memory in Place' project. They are firstly divided by school, and then divided ...
    • A Sample of Postcard Fronts 

      Isayev, Elena; Webster, Catrin (University of Exeter, 2013-02-12)
      This is a small sample of some of the fronts of the postcards produced by school pupils during workshops conducted as part of the AHRC-funded 'Future Memory in Place' project. The images on the front of the postcards ...
    • 1000 Colours Blue - A Sample of Blues Images 

      Isayev, Elena; Webster, Catrin (University of Exeter, 2013-02-12)
      This is a small sample of the 1049 ‘1000 Colours Blue’ images that were painted on canvas by school pupils during workshops conducted as part of the AHRC-funded 'Future Memory in Place' project. Each pupil attempted to ...
    • 1000 Colours Blue - All Blues Images 

      Isayev, Elena; Webster, Catrin (University of Exeter, 2013-02-12)
      The ‘1000 Colours Blue’ images were painted on canvas by school pupils during workshops conducted as part of the AHRC-funded 'Future Memory in Place' project. Each pupil attempted to replicate a shade of blue from the ...
    • Tesserae Box Insert 

      Isayev, Elena; Webster, Catrin (University of Exeter, 2013-01-12)
      This is an explanatory insert put into cases which each contained an individual ‘tesserae’. These tesserae were returned to their designers after they had been cut from the Tessera Hospitalis sculpture (displayed at the ...
    • Tessera Hospitalis Sculpture Poster 

      Isayev, Elena; Webster, Catrin (University of Exeter, 2013-02-12)
      This is an explanatory poster of the Tessera Hospitalis sculpture (displayed at the National Waterfront Museum, Swansea), which was made as part of the AHRC-funded 'Future Memory in Place' project. This project united ...
    • The Making of the Tessera Hospitalis Sculpture - Photos 

      Isayev, Elena; Webster, Catrin (University of Exeter, 2013-02-12)
      These photos record the making of the Tessera Hospitalis sculpture, later unveiled at the National Waterfront Museum (Swansea, 1 October 2011), as part of the AHRC-funded 'Future Memory in Place' project. Two items exist, ...
    • Press Release for the Finale Events 

      Isayev, Elena; Webster, Catrin (University of Exeter, 2013-02-12)
      This item contains the press release used to advertise the finale events (30 September – 1 October 2011, Swansea) of the AHRC-funded 'Future Memory in Place' project. This project united visual art and ancient history ...
    • Postcard Invitations to the Finale Events 

      Isayev, Elena; Webster, Catrin (University of Exeter, 2013-02-12)
      This item contains the postcard invitations used to advertise the finale events (30 September – 1 October 2011, Swansea) of the AHRC-funded 'Future Memory in Place' project. This project united visual art and ancient history ...
    • Information Sheets used during the Finale Events 

      Isayev, Elena; Webster, Catrin (University of Exeter, 2013-02-12)
      This item contains the information sheets used during the finale events (30 September – 1 October 2011, Swansea) of the AHRC-funded 'Future Memory in Place' project. This project united visual art and ancient history through ...
    • Eflyer for the Finale Events 

      Isayev, Elena; Webster, Catrin (University of Exeter, 2013-02-12)
      This item contains the eflyer used to advertised the finale events (30 September – 1 October 2011, Swansea) of the AHRC-funded 'Future Memory in Place' project. This project united visual art and ancient history through ...
    • Performance, Castle Square - Photos 

      Isayev, Elena; Webster, Catrin (University of Exeter, 2013-02-12)
      These photos record the performance in Castle Square which formed part of the finale events (30 September - 1 October 2011, Swansea) of the AHRC-funded 'Future Memory in Place' project. Two items exist, one containing ...
    • Exhibition, Orial Bach Gallery - Photos 

      Isayev, Elena; Webster, Catrin (University of Exeter, 2013-01-30)
      These photos record the exhibition at the Orial Bach Gallery which formed part of the finale events (30 September - 1 October 2011, Swansea) of the AHRC-funded 'Future Memory in Place' project. Two items exist, one ...
    • Sound Maps and Drawings 

      Isayev, Elena; Webster, Catrin (University of Exeter, 2013-01-30)
      This item contains scans of work produced by school pupils during workshops conducted by the AHRC-funded 'Future Memory in Place' project. See ‘Appendix A’ of the ‘AHRC Project Report’ for details on the activities conducted, ...
    • Post 'World Map' Activity Responses 

      Isayev, Elena; Webster, Catrin (University of Exeter, 2013-01-30)
      This item contains scans of work produced by school pupils during workshops conducted by the AHRC-funded 'Future Memory in Place' project. See ‘Appendix A’ of the ‘AHRC Project Report’ for details on the activities ...
    • Journey Maps to School - Drawings 

      Isayev, Elena; Webster, Catrin (University of Exeter, 2013-01-30)
      This item contains scans of work produced by school pupils during workshops conducted by the AHRC-funded 'Future Memory in Place' project. See ‘Appendix A’ of the ‘AHRC Project Report’ for details on the activities ...
    • Glynn Vivian Art Gallery Tour - Drawings 

      Isayev, Elena; Webster, Catrin (University of Exeter, 2013-01-30)
      This item contains scans of work produced by school pupils during workshops conducted by the AHRC-funded 'Future Memory in Place' project. See ‘Appendix A’ of the ‘AHRC Project Report’ for details on the activities conducted, ...
    • Chinese Plates - Drawings from the Glynn Vivian Art Gallery 

      Isayev, Elena; Webster, Catrin (University of Exeter, 2013-01-29)
      This item contains scans of work produced by school pupils during workshops conducted by the AHRC-funded 'Future Memory in Place' project. See ‘Appendix A’ of the ‘AHRC Project Report’ for details on the activities ...
    • Boat Journeys - Ancient and Modern - Drawings 

      Isayev, Elena; Webster, Catrin (University of Exeter, 2013-01-29)
      This item contains scans of work produced by school pupils during workshops conducted by the AHRC-funded 'Future Memory in Place' project. See ‘Appendix A’ of the ‘AHRC Project Report’ for details on the activities ...

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