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The (Future) Wales Coast Path

The (Future) Wales Coast Path is an exploration of impermanent land, developed in response to the flood maps released by Natural Resources Wales showing vast areas of the country at risk of flooding. The project seeks to open…


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The (Future) Wales Coast Path

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Alison Neighbour

Alison is a scenographer, theatre designer, and performance maker, interested in using art to activate and empower communities and to connect people and place.

The (Future) Wales Coast Path is an exploration of impermanent land, developed in response to the flood maps released by Natural Resources Wales showing vast areas of the country at risk of flooding. The project seeks to open up a conversation about landscape, loss, and adaptation, through physicalising the scale of the potential loss, and connecting to global communities who know this as a daily reality.

Initial research in 2019/2020 was supported by National Theatre Wales and Natural Resources Wales, and involved consultations with scientists, map makers, local communities, and landowners. Alison walked the route of the possible future coastline between Chepstow and Newport, mapping the new journey and documenting points of interest in the company of local residents and fellow artists. She also began the creation of a collective chronicle of the "no mans land" between the present and future coastlines. 

Alison's ambition for the project is to install "lighthouses" along the new coastline that serve as both warning and sanctuary, with the lights flashing in response to high tide data from Alexandria, Miami, and Dhaka, all places where tidal innundation is a daily reality. The first of these lighthouses will be installed in Newport and Magor in April 2022. Throughout 2022 Alison is working with communities on the Gwent Levels and in the Sundarbans to more deeply explore the future intertidal space together, and to build cross-cultural connections to better understand how we might respond to our disappearing landscape. 

Research for a wider body of work around this project is ongoing. It is currently funded by Arts Council Wales, Living Levels, and Fusion.


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