Friday, 16 January 2015

Woodquay Walking Wisdom Gathering on 24th January

Woodquay is a place and a community in transition.  Woodquay is having a gathering, in order to honour through mapping, local knowledge and memory.  People will be encouraged to map places of significance using the wisdom of the body and mindful listening.  Everybody is invited to join this free inter-generational event which is open to all and which will be facilitated by Bernadette Divilly and partners in The Walking Wisdom Woodquay Project.

When: Saturday 24th January 2015, 2pm – 5pm

Where: The Rowing Club, Woodquay

Why: Woodquay is a vital city centre community with many people from
different walks of life sharing a city landscape outside the walls of
the medieval city of Galway, today, although hampered by heavy
traffic, Woodquay is a place rich in memory, full of potency and
creative possibility.  Many of the older members of the community are
in a more advanced stage of life and some of their very specific and
particular knowledge will be of great value if recorded through
mapping.  Examples of this knowledge could include gems of wisdom

about places of historical interest, craic, language, a place of
trade, crafts, rituals, characters, species of wild life in water, air
and land, Galway's waterways.

Walking Wisdom Woodquay is an Arts Participation Project with an
objective to use the wisdom of the body to articulate challenges to
urban design.  Bernadette Divilly, the project originator, wants to
honour local knowledge and memory; "This needs  to be documented so
that future generations of architects, city planners, and citizens of
the city can be informed".

Expect new information to emerge through the experience of mindful
listening with the body.  Expect mapping in the form of recording such
as putting down memories on physical maps of Woodquay.   Expect a
fifteen-minute dance movement performance on the topic of urban design dilemma in Woodquay.  Music by Sharon Murphy.

Walking Wisdom is funded by the Arts Council and Galway City Council.
 Thanks to Eleanor Hough and John Corcoran and The Rowing Club who have been helping with this event.  Thank you to the  Architects
Office, the Town Hall Theatre, Galway Dance Project, Galway One World Centre, NUI Galway Ómos Áite Irish Place Studies and Community Knowledge Initiative

For more details, contact:
Bernadette Divilly MA Somatic Psych/Dance Movement Therapy
MIACAT, MIAHIP, Senior DMT Psychotherapist, Private Practice
Tel: 087 9891140 / 085 1260931

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