Helen Stratford - A Day With a Duck
In June, artist and architect Helen Stratford spent a day with a Muscovy duck on Ely’s Riverside researching how public areas are shared between human and duck. The day formed a starting point for conversations and encounters with city residents, visitors, tourists and workers whose paths interact with the public spaces that adjoin the riverside. Ely is in the midst of change - currently undergoing a masterplanning process of ‘planned growth’ to ‘maintain the city’s unique identity.’ In contrast, A Day With A Duck explores alternate/unplanned ways through which places are generated. Focusing on contrasts between the urban and the wild, different city territories and how cities operate, A Day With A Duck is a public programme of interactive live-art events curated by Helen and made in collaboration with invited artists, local people and wildlife.
On Saturday 15th September, from 11am - 4:30pm, a day long series of Live Art events will take over areas of Ely. The events include One Minute Birdwatching by Holly Rumble, (11am – 3pm, on the hour every hour) Ring This Bell by Townley and Bradby (11am -3pm) and bring along your Super 8 duck related footage to a Live Duck Shoot by Helen Stratford and Cambridge Super 8 group outside Babylon Gallery (2:00 - 4:30pm).Plus special guest, Avril Hayter-Smith: Ely's Official Town Crier, will open the day with The Duck Proclamation!
The day is accompanied by an exhibition that continues until 7 October, including works by Stratford and artist Lyndall Phelps and a Gallery screening event on 6 Oct 2 - 4pm, where you can ask Stratford about ducks, about Ely, about ongoing work and join Super 8 group members as they switch venues from their regular film evenings at The Prince Albert pub to show footage from the duck shoot and create some moving image memories.’