Museum of Water

Amy Sharrocks  

Museum of Water is a collection of publicly donated water and accompanying stories. Accumulating over two years in different sites worldwide, Museum of Water is an invitation to ponder our precious liquid and how we use it.

In a time of relative plenty in Britain, Amy Sharrocks has been gathering a collection of water for future generations to consider. Clean water is more and more difficult to access across the world: will people look back at our current profligacy with horror and amazement…will the notions of fountains, swimming pools and baths become as archaic as the Broad St Pump now seems? We need to hold on to it, consider what is precious about it and how we are using it now in order to explore how we might save it for the future.

Everyday we choose water metaphors to define our thinking, yet in reality we have become used to defending against it. We chlorinate it and pipe it, soothed by our certainty that it will pour from our tap when we need it. Certainly it is time to re-examine our connection, and develop a new relationship. We are all implicated in this.

We have over 650 bottles in the collection, ranging from water from a holy river in India, to a burst London water main, ice from a Sussex field, a melted snowman, 20-year-old evaporated snow from Maine, condensation from a Falmouth window, Hackney rainwater, a new born baby’s bath water, Norwegian spit, three types of wee, two different breaths and water from a bedside table said to be infused with dreams.

In celebration of our access to fresh water in this country, running alongside the Museum is Water Bar, a free pop-up outdoor bar serving only tap water.

For more information please visit museumofwater.co.uk.

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EVENTS

Museum of Water 2015-09-25 00:00:00 2015-09-27 00:00:00 Festival de Keuze, Rotterdam Netherlands Museum of Water 2015-10-14 00:00:00 2015-10-18 00:00:00 Arts by the Sea, Bournemouth UK

+ PREVIOUS EVENTS

29-31.08.15
Coastal Currents
HASTINGS UK
18-21.06.15
Big Green Week
BRISTOL UK
17-21.04.15
Glasgow Botanic Gardens
GLASGOW UK
22.03.15
Canalside Festival, Chisenhale Dance Space
LONDON UK
20-22.02.15
Live at LICA, The Storey Institute
LANCASTER UK
06-08.02.15
Live at LICA, The Storey Institute
LANCASTER UK
30.01.15
Royal Pump Rooms, Art Gallery & Museum
LEAMINGTON SPA UK
01-02.11.14
Curating Cambridge
CAMBRIDGE
10-12.10.14
Fierce Festival
BIRMINGHAM UK
27-28.09.14
Festival of Thrift
DARLINGTON UK
04-07.09.14
Vadehavs Festival
ESBJERG Denmark
21.06.14
Midsummer Water Day
Somerset House
UK
06-29.06.14
Somerset House
LONDON UK
13.05.14
Somerset House
LONDON UK
08-10.05.14
OPEN, Live at LICA
LANCASTER UK
06.05.14
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medecine
LONDON
01.05.14
Swansea Museum
SWANSEA UK
16.04.14
Somerset House
LONDON UK
11-13.04.14
Undercurrent Festival 2014
SHOREHAM-BY-SEA UK
05.04.14
Stepney City Farm
LONDON UK
22.03.14
Somerset House
LONDON UK
20.03.14
Toynbee Studios
LONDON UK
03.10.13
Southbank Centre
LONDON UK
07-08.09.13
PILOT
18.06.13
Two Degrees: Museum of Water
Toynbee Studios
LONDON UK
13-16.03.13
The memorial Broad Street pump
LONDON UK
Photo by Banff-photo.com

Photo by Banff-photo.com

Photo by Ruth Corney.

Photo by Ruth Corney.

Soho, March 2013. Photo by Ben Blossom.

Soho, March 2013. Photo by Ben Blossom.

PILOT, September 2013. Photo by Tony Millings.

PILOT, September 2013. Photo by Tony Millings.

Collection no. 13 : Rusty water from my bird bath, Violet, March 2013.

Collection no. 13 : Rusty water from my bird bath, Violet, March 2013.

Soho, March 2013. Photo by Ben Blossom.

Soho, March 2013. Photo by Ben Blossom.

Soho, March 2013. Photograph by Ben Blossom.

Soho, March 2013. Photograph by Ben Blossom.

Soho, March 2013. Photograph by Ben Blossom.

Soho, March 2013. Photograph by Ben Blossom.

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