A Day With A Duck begins…

Saturday 1 September – Sunday 7 October 2012

Helen specialises in making site-specific work in response to the use of space in our daily activities. Ely has a unique relationship with the feathered denizens of its city and Helen will present an interactive presentation of the way in which public areas of the city are shared between human and duck.. Focusing on City territories, hidden spaces, and contrasts between the urban and the wild, A Day With A Duck is a gallery presentation of new work and public programme of events curated by Helen made in collaboration with invited artists, local people and wildlife. Artworks and events inside and outside the gallery will include duck-led tours, walks, performances, interventions and a chance to get involved in ‘One Minute Bird Watching’ and a ‘Live duck-shoot. with Helen in collaboration with Ely-based members of Cambridge Super 8 Group. No experience required’

Information:

A Day With A Duck is a gallery presentation of new work and programme of live art events curated by Helen Stratford and made with artists, local people and wildlife.

Exploring Ely’s unique relationship with the feathered denizens of its city looking at the way in which public areas of the City are shared between human and duck.

With DIY duck led tours, one minute bird watching, Ring this bell and a live duck shoot with Cambridge Super8. See our website for details and events

Events:

Live Art Events
Throughout the gallery presentation of A Day With A Duck

Taking liberties (daily)
Contribute a story, myth or legend about Ely to a specially commissioned A-Frame in Babylon gallery and have it added to the daily cruise tour of The Liberty Belle.

Muscovy duck walk (weekly)
Join Helen Stratford as she accompanies Ely resident and wildfowl expert, David Ewbank for his weekly walk and Muscovy duck count along Ely Riverside. Booking required: please email contact@helenstratford.co.uk.

Duck led tour (DIY)
Experience for yourself this unique tour of Ely. Follow instructions on specially designed flyers in Babylon Gallery and distributed at tourist sites across the city.

Saturday 15 September 11am – 4:30pm 

One minute bird watching with Holly Rumble
Ely Riverside (outside Babylon Gallery), 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm
A noisy, fun, speed-bird watching session for everyone: no specialist duck knowledge required.

Ring this bell  with Townley and Bradby
The Bandstand, Jubilee Gardens, 11am – 3pm
Interactive art activity using sound making devices in the bandstand.
For one day only the bell from the boatyard has been relocated to Jubilee Gardens. You are invited to ring it to signal the start of whatever you’ll be doing next: playing a game, sun bathing, opening up your picnic hamper. By inviting people to make a fuss about what they’d be doing anyway, the bell may nudge the normal activities of the Gardens into something slightly more self-conscious and slightly more showy.

Live duck shoot with Helen Stratford and Cambridge Super 8
Ely Riverside (outside Babylon Gallery), 2:30 – 4:30pm
Take part in a live ‘duck shoot’ with Helen and Ely-based members of Cambridge Super 8 Group. No experience required.

Take part in a live ‘duck shoot’ with Helen Stratford in collaboration with Ely-based members of Cambridge Super 8 Group. No experience required. Do you have any old home movie footage of Ely shot on Standard 8mm or Super 8mm, with or without ducks? If so bring it along. Footage collected from the shoot will be shown on the 6th October and involve group members and artists Chris Mizsak and Ronan Quilty switching venues from their Super 8 film evenings at The Prince Albert pub to create some moving image memories.

Saturday 6 October 2 – 4pm 
Gallery discussion and screening with Helen Stratford and Super 8 group
members/artists Chris Mizsak and Ronan Quilty.

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