Voices of the Dart

A river-long exploration where the arts meets data to help us save water

Communities up and down the River Dart are contributing to a new project to figure out effective ways to keep the river clean, and to save water. Why? Because we live close to it, drink it from our taps, swim in it, and our sewage goes back into it.  All life needs water–we need to share it.

The invitation

If water could speak, what would it say?

In the spring of 2022, we will be running arts-based workshops in spring 2022 in Dartmouth, Totnes, Buckfastleigh, Ashburton and the Upper Dart.

Climate change means that we can’t take water for granted. At some times of the year demand already exceeds supply. How can we prepare for both floods and droughts? What can we do to ensure the river ecosystems are healthy and water clean? Many groups are already doing their bit to address questions like these. With citizens, policy-makers and institutions collaborating, what more might we achieve?

Let us know if you have knowledge to share or if you’d like to participate by emailing us here.

Watery activities for wintertime

River Diary

Consider keeping track of your riverside observations by making and keeping a diary. You could fill it with words, drawings, images or thoughts inspired by the Dart. There’s a quick guide on YouTube showing how to make your own mini book using just an A4 piece of paper and some scissors.


Take a walk along the Dart (or explore online) and choose something that interests you to collect. You might collect leaves, pebbles, photos of birds, sounds, foam samples, snatches of overheard conversations, objects of a particular colour, memories, etc. How can you capture this collection: with photos / in a notebook / on your phone? Why did you choose to collect this particular thing and what does it tell you about the Dart?

Water at home

How can you connect with the river from inside your home or school? You could… list all the things around you that might end up in the river; map all the things that use water; write or draw what you imagine to be the journey of a drop of water from your tap to the river and back again.

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We work in and at the intersection of economy, ecology, learning, arts and culture and the gaps in between.