The (Future) Wales Coast Path is an exploration of sea level rise and its impacts on communities living near the coast. Conceived by artist and scenographer Alison Neighbour, it is a multi-faceted project that invites conversation around adaptation and responsibility, and aims to include the voices of the land and the tides as part of that conversation.
Focusing for now on the area between Chepstow and Newport, Alison will be walking the route of the possible future coast path, drawing on scientific data and predictions to map a walk that deviates from the coast as we currently understand it. From 18th-20th August, Alison walked from Chepstow Castle to Newport Transporter Bridge, marking a new boundary line between land and sea, and meeting with researchers and locals to talk about their relationship with the sea and the changing landscape.
Click here to read a blog about Alison’s experiences during her walk.
Click here to read The (Future) Wales Coast Path Walk Diary, an e-zine created by Alison during her walk.
Eventually she hopes to mark this route with a series of lighthouse installations that are connected to global tidal data and serve as both warning and sanctuary, lighting up when the tide is high in another part of the world already experiencing dramatic shifts due to sea level rise.
Alison is also documenting the “space between” the current and possible future coastlines, acknowledging both the expanse of land that may be transformed and the magic that lies within it. She is inviting people living locally to be part of this: we will send you a handmade limited edition “walking score” and we ask you to take a short walk and document your responses as words, sounds, or images, and send them back to us to become part of a chronicle of this place. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to be part of this project.
It is hoped that The (Future) Wales Coast Path will grow to explore more areas of Wales and the impact of the changing coastline on communities around the country. The work is also being presented at festivals in Lisbon, Belfort, and Cluj as part of Creative Europe’s Open Access transmedia project, on which National Theatre Wales is a partner.
Located Residencies 2020
Located Residencies are Creative Development projects which give exciting artists an opportunity to lead on the early development of a new idea for performance, which is embedded in a specific location in Wales. Read about 2020’s other Located Residencies here.