Seaweed Stories

‘Seaweed stories’ is a project that explores the relationship between people, seaweed and landscape, in the past, present and future. The project was created by Cumbrian artist Julia Parks and includes her recent moving image artwork ‘Seaweed’ filmed this summer in the north of Scotland , talks and workshops that look at the cultural and environmental connections to seaweed in the United Kingdom.

Throughout November 2021, the project delivered a series of free online & in-person workshops, talks and work in progress screening.

This project has been kindly funded by Arts Council England, Cumbria Community Fund and Film London Artist Moving Image Network.

Programme of Events Archive - November 2021

Desig / Desire

DESIG /DESIRE by Najat El Hachmi / Julia Parks (5 minutes / 16mm & archive footage / 2022) A filmic response to a piece of text written by author Najat El Hachmi. The film was created for the Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona as part of their project "A Vocabulary for the Future" which…

Translating and transposing Seaweed with Miek Zwamborn. (16th November 6.00 – 7.15pm)

Translating and transposing Seaweed with Miek Zwamborn. 16th November 6.00 - 7.15pm. Join us for an online talk by Miek Zwamborn, author of ‘The Seaweed Collector's Handbook’. Miek will share images and stories about the varied representations of seaweed in painting, poetry, fashion, printmaking, photography, and film. SIGN UP TO TALK Miek Zwamborn is a…

An Introduction to Britain’s Kelp Forests and how to protect them with Ailsa McLellan (17th November, 6 – 7.15pm)

An Introduction to Britain's Kelp Forests and how to protect them with Ailsa McLellan. 17th November 6.00pm - 7.15pm Come and learn about the importance of seaweeds, with a focus on the Kelp forest habitat, the threats they face from proposed industrial scale exploitation and how we can help conserve them. SIGN UP TO ONLINE…

Seaweed developing workshops with 16mm film and photography with Melanie King and Julia Parks (18th & 19th November)

Seaweed developing workshops with 16mm film and photography with Melanie King and Julia Parks (18th November UK & 19th November Worldwide) In this workshop, you will learn how to develop film using seaweed with sustainable photography pioneer Melanie King and artist filmmaker Julia Parks. Melanie and Julia will walk you through the process of developing…

Experimental 16mm film workshop with found footage, foliage and flowers with Julia Parks & Jameela Khan (13th November)

Experimental 16mm film workshop with found footage, foliage, and flowers with Julia Parks and Jameela Khan. 13th November 2021 As part of Seaweed Stories, we are running an in-person filmmaking workshops in collaboration with Florence Arts Centre in Egremont. During the workshop you will learn how to re-work 16mm found footage using hands-on techniques such…

An introduction to foraging Seaweed with Jason Byles. (23rd November 2021, 6.00pm – 7.15pm)

An introduction to foraging Seaweed with Jason Byles. 23rd November 2021 6.00pm - 7.15pm Jayson Byles from East Nuek Seaweed will talk about foraging for seaweed seasonally and sustainably and connecting with your coastal environment. SIGN UP TO ONLINE TALK Jayson Byles is a forager with a passion for being outdoors and exploring more sustainable…