Over summer 2021 IOU commissioned eight new artists to produce a unique work based on a 3 meter squared location in Goole using the What3Words app.
These new works offer more ways to explore and experience the town of Goole - virtually and in real life - through the eyes of artists, poets, musicians- interweaving digital artworks and physical locations using the My Three Words Goole website.
Launched in April 2021 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. The online galleries exhibit work created by groups, schools, and individuals. Each artwork can be linked to a specific three-metre square in Goole using What3Words.
New artists featured : Hull based artist Sarah Mole used the location at the foot of Goole’s two landmark water towers- giving her the What3words of Marriage, Situation and Share to create an abstract painting - ‘Alluvium’- that reflects on how distant towns- Hull and Goole - are married by their geology.
Louise Oliver‘s ‘Silence and the Songbird’ began as a short poem to become digital collages of words and images all founded on her memories of working in Goole at Junction.
Taylor le Fin‘s Open or Wrapped samples a song from 1960s Goole band The Dale Sisters while developing a personal and contemporary narrative for the character Billy Boy. Michael Barnes Wynters artwork POW Hostel 35 was created for the site on the edge of the Damac Transporter yard on Coronation St that used to be a hostel for POW’s. His artwork is a new piece of video art and performance.
Composer Jo Thomas’s creative process began with an image of the town’s docks and skyline and, inspired by the vibrations and reflections of light over the water, she went on to create her composition ‘Centre Church' recorded in Goole’s St John’s Church. Sumit Sakar took inspiration from a 17th century painting of a topsail schooner ‘Rival of Rye’ displayed in Goole museum, to create the 3D printed abstract sculpture ‘Calm/Storm’. Martin Lewsley’s ‘The Bridge’ considers ‘Past Present Future Networks' in a combination of performance art, landscape study and painting utilising a natural pigment.
Ellie Douglas’s spoken word piece is inspired by Castaway Goole, a charity who supports people with learning difficulties and disabilities to make music, theatre and film.
Artist Sarah Mole says “An amazing project to be part of. I’m really looking forward to coming back to follow the trail and discover the artworks”.
The My Three Words Arts Trail is an opportunity for visitors and residents to explore Goole, find new corners and see the town through new eyes. You can walk, cycle or drive your way around the town, and using the QR codes at each site, discover special behind the scenes videos about the making of some of the new artworks in the Gallery.
Use https://mythreewordsgoole.co.uk/art-trail to plan a route or to follow one of the artist’s trails.
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.”