Ports, Past and Present aims to bring life and colour to the five ports of the Irish Sea Basin, enhancing the experience of modern travellers of all ages and interests, and encouraging visitors to spend longer exploring the port towns and their environs. As part of this project, we are commissioning writers and visual artists to work with the port communities and project staff to explore stories and themes relevant to the history and culture of the five port towns and the journeys made across the Irish Sea.
The creative work arising from this research and engagement will then be displayed and exhibited locally and further afield as appropriate, with the support of the project team, and in some cases, local partners. It is hoped that some of the work generated will be displayed permanently in the local area, for example in local libraries, heritage centres, port terminals or railway stations. Reproductions or mediations of the work will be included in one or more publications documenting the work and the creative process, and on this website.
The purpose of this work will be to both deepen the knowledge and appreciation of the history and culture of the five port towns and crossings among local communities. During the process of making the work, artists and writers will take part in public workshops or events organised by the project team. These activities and events will be supported and publicised by the project team, and designed to help raise the profile of the participating writers and artists, both locally and further afield. The writers and artists will be encouraged to work with each other as appropriate, making connections across the Irish Sea.