My Three Words is a new project by IOU, commissioned by Junction, to celebrate its home town of Goole. An inland port 40 miles from the sea; this unique situation links it to the rest of the world and the rest of the UK through a network of waterways used by a diverse range of industries. Over Spring, Summer and Autumn 2021, My Three Words interweaves digital artworks and physical locations using the What3Words platform.
Launched on Wednesday 21 April, 2021, My Three Words starts life as an online gallery, exhibiting a variety of artworks linked to physical spaces using the What3Words app. Visit the My Three Words website here.
From 5 May, 2021 audiences will also be able to submit their own artwork inspired by their experiences and stories of Goole. Artworks can be anything from a poem or a piece of music to a video installation, photograph or illustration. The only requirement is that it is an original piece of work, and that it is inspired by a specific spot in Goole, which can be located by the What3Words app.
In Summer, a selection of artworks will evolve into a programme of live performances, tours and interactive installations, dotted at locations throughout Goole. My Three Words will culminate with an exhibition of selected work at Junction Goole in Autumn (if Covid measures permit).
The online gallery features work by five local artists, writers and musicians. Yorkshire based set designer, Caitlin Mawhinney, will re-create a small-scale model of an important part of Goole history - the last Tom Pudding train in 1984. Printmaker, Donna Michelle Griffith, has created a series of silk screen prints inspired by the geometry and geography of the river Ouse as it runs through the city. Brother and sister team, Gavin and Tamar Osborn, will use field recordings to generate overwater and underwater soundscapes from the Aire Bridge. Children’s author, James Nichol, will create a new text piece inspired by the sites and sounds of the Brick Ponds - his favourite place in Goole and artist, Tony Wade, will explore boundaries and cartography with an installation and photography project based on Goole’s outskirts.
David Wheeler, Artistic Director at IOU, says: “IOU is inviting participants to contribute a diverse mix of original and unpredictable location-inspired artworks. Whether that’s a poem, performance, animation, cartoon, painting, a story, an installation or a piece of dance, music, song or film, the possibilities are endless. In the claustrophobic confinement we’ve found ourselves over the last twelve months, we are asking participants to liberate their imagination and link it to a real place that is in some way special to them. The place must be in the Goole area; perhaps it’s where something significant happened, or it simply makes the perfect setting for an idea.”
Graham Whitehead, Arts Programme Manager for Junction, Goole says: “IOU have a long history of creating exciting and inventive work for audiences. As we navigate the transition from our venue being closed to reopening later in the year, we are delighted that this project will take our audiences on a journey to discover interesting corners and secret parts of Goole from home, in real life and - when possible - in a celebratory event in our auditorium. We can’t wait to reopen our doors and welcome people in.”