Podcast: art on the waterways

Sound recordist Chris Watson, Canal Laureate Luke Kennard and Museum of Water curator Amy Sharrocks explore how our waterways inspire us to be creative.

Matteo Berton

In the sixth episode of our exclusive podcast, we meet the poets, musicians, curators, artists and sound recordists who find inspiration in the rich textures of our waterways.

Sound recordist Chris Watson shares his love of recording in the natural world – from the rich medley of man-made sounds on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal to aquatic invertebrates having a natter underwater. Canal Laureate Luke Kennard explores the language around rivers, which he says is ‘unconsciously metaphorical’ and describes our waterways as “footnotes to a city, a space that’s beautifully out of step with the commerce and business around it.” Experimental folk musician Nathanial Mann, of the Dead Rat Orchestra, tells us about his slowest ever tour – a three-week narrowboat journey from London to Bristol, chatting to communities connected by the canal network along the way.

Finally, the executive producer of the Trust’s Arts on the Waterways programme tells us about how they have inspired and supported over 50 projects and 450 workshops in the past year including the wonderful Museum of Water, which displays 700 bottles of donated water ranging from a burst London water main to melted ice from a Sussex field.