Valerie Coffin Price – Berlin Water


In this exhibition for StAnza Poetry Festival 2020 (but opening a few weeks’ early) Valerie Coffin Price responds to the waterways of Berlin and the poetry of Stephanie Green.

Berlin Water emerged out of Valerie Coffin Price’s visits to Berlin, working alongside German sound artist Sonja Heyer along the city’s waterways, and producing sketches and videos in response to Stephanie Green’s poetry from Berlin Umbrella, as well as the city, the water, its sounds and environment.

Berlin Umbrella is a poetry and sound walk created by Stephanie Green and Sonja Heyerwhich can also be experienced throughout the festival weekend. Together, the poetry, artwork and sound walk take us on an imaginative journey down the course of Berlin’s river Spree.

Valerie is a Welsh artist whose work responds creatively to the language of poetry and place. The poetic resonance of language and its connection to the environment drives her work, which is concerned with how environment is defined through language and cultural identity. She has exhibited extensively both nationally and internationally. Her work responding to wild and remote landscapes has taken her as far afield as Russia, Québec and Cambodia, but always comes back to a close and intimate relationship to river and border landscapes in Wales and along the English border.

Saturday 7 March 2020, 11.30am-12.15pm
Valerie will be taking part in a Meet the Artist event alongside Stephanie Green and Sonja Heyer

Valerie was supported in the making of the work by the Hosking Houses Trust. The exhibition is in  partnership with Fife Contemporary, and supported by EventScotland as part of the Year of Coasts and Waters.