The Beautiful Blue Exhibition Celebrates Rivers at Museum

A new exhibition The Beautiful Blue will be opening at the River & Rowing Museum on 24 May in the community gallery.

Weaving tales of history, folklore and preservation of the delicate dance between humanity and the flowing waters of the world. The Beautiful Blue is a waterside arts and ecology project running alongside a Chiltern chalk stream and the River Thames, from Hambleden to Henley. Artists, charities and communities unite in celebration of rivers and public participation in a series of events will raise awareness of river and water pollution.

The project launches at the Museum with a model of the full Beautiful Blue plan with information on installations and groups involved, and an exhibition of artwork by local school children for Greener Henley’s annual Environmental Science Challenge under the theme of ‘pollution’. Subsequently, a number of permanent and pop-up sculptural exhibitions and events will be held across the following year.

The launch exhibition will allow visitors to view a model of The Beautiful Blue plan with information on installations whilst uniting local community groups (inc. Chiltern Chalk Stream volunteers, Henley Mermaids and Henley Toad Patrol), water focused charities (including River Action UK, EarthWatch, In Place of War and EarthSonic) and artists Maria Konder, Ellie
Ramsden, Lisa Curtis and Khadija Niang.

Vickie Amiralis, Curator of A Beautiful Blue said, “The Beautiful Blue invites a shift in the role of the viewer from passive spectator to active thinkers, doers and art-makers. I hope the project will inspire you to encourage wildlife and natural ecosystems to flourish and for you to seek solutions to environmental issues related to our waters. Let us strive for permanent, positive change for Earth’s wild environments through art, culture and action.”

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