becleach/ May 24, 2018/ Uncategorized

Returning the Fleet to the ThamesMythically Imagining Kings Cross charts the changing relationship between human, more-than-human and environment in the area around Kings Cross through story and mythology. This ongoing project digs deep into local history, unearthing mysteries of sacred rivers and holy wells, of warrior women and witchcraft, of tricksters and shapeshifters, of gods, power and great battles, of the wonder of everyday folk, folklore and magic. This land was once a great forest siting on the flood plain of a mighty river, that was itself a critical part of the founding of London. Here at Kings Cross legends have been made and kingdoms have fallen.

Mythically Imagining Kings Cross takes as its starting point the mythology and history of the Kings Cross area, and through participatory performance and workshops develops opportunities for the wider community of Kings Cross to get involved. Mythic Imagination springs from intersection of psyche and environment, building narrative into mythos and dreaming up landscapes, creatures and epic interactions.

This project has several evolving forms…from interactive and performative installations (see the Valley of Wells), to workshops (See Myth Map Workshops), to story-filled pilgrimage walks (see Fleet River Pilgrimage).

Upcoming outings for Mythically Imagining Kings Cross

Fields: MA Art and Science Degree Show

Central Saint Martins, Granary Building, 1 Granary Sq, N1C 4AA

23 – 27 May 2018. Wed-Fri 12-8pm. Sat-Sun 12-5pm


Crossing Fields: MA Art and Science Symposium

Central Saint Martins, Granary Building, 1 Granary Sq, N1C 4AA

26 May, 12.30-4.30pm


Water Carriers

2-mile walk from Kings Cross to Blackfriars along the course of the buried River Fleet to carry peoples wishes to the Thames.

Starting point: Central Saint Martins, Granary Building, 1 Granary Sq, N1C 4AA

27 May, leaving at 4.30pm prompt.


Next month….

Fleet Pilgrimage Walk, 9 June

A day-long pilgrimage along the course of the lost River Fleet from its source on Hampstead Heath, to its mouth at the Thames.

Book though Eventbrite:

Further walks planned for 7 July, 11 August, 8 September, 13 October


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