Caught by the River


16th September 2009

Friday 18th September – Sunday 4th October 2009, Roach, Skimmers, Bream, Tench, Carp, Hybrids and Perch by Dunn & Jacques

Artists Alan Dunn, David Jacques and artists’ collective Re-Dock explore connections with the Leeds & Liverpool Canal and solicit suggestions for its future.

Over 2,000 locals were involved in discussions, games and workshops towards suggestions for future canal activities. From staging an annual throw your husband in to ice cream floats, these suggestions initially formed the basis of a new signage system for British Waterways before some came to fruition during the Liverpool Biennial Urbanism Festival .

In April 2009 Dunn and sound recordist Chris Watson worked with 20 students at the Leeds end of the Canal, recording with underwater microphones. The Dunn & Jacques billboard, produced with some of those who fish in the Canal, develops ideas first seen in La Dolce Vita in North Liverpool in 2008.

CANAL& was devised by Alan Dunn while travelling every week on the train between Liverpool and Leeds and Paul Kelly (Liverpool Biennial & New Heartlands).