Norwich, Duke Street Dyeworks - DNAvigate

Photograph of the collaborative artwork inspired by the Duke Street dyeworks by DNAvigate.

A collaborative piece of art inspired by the Duke Street dyeworks. (© DNAvigate.)

Dyers Yard. Site of the some of the dye works in Norwich. Waste dye from the works was poured into the river, thus making it often run red (Norwich red). Norwich Red is the name of a bright red dye which was developed early in the nineteenth century by Michael Stark. His dyeworks was situated on the Dukes Palace site in Duke Street. 

This is one small sample of a much larger work by the DNAvigate Collaborators:
Andrea Porter - Poet/Writer
Sian Porter - Graphic Artist/Poet/Writer
Jane Wingfield - Visual screen-based artist
Mark Wingfield - Composer
Jasmine Wingfield - Work experience - School Student

DNAvigate contains unique digital and graphic artwork utilising photographs taken by the artists of the Riverside Walk. The specially written music is inspired by the Wensum's journey through the city; the instruments reflect the differing voices of the city and the river. The poetry addresses the theme of how different generations have viewed and experienced the river using the voices of the mother and daughter involved in the project. Downloadable sound files will also 'eavesdrop' on the discussions of these two writers about the river as they walk beside it.

The River Wensum and the surrounding area exemplify how each generation has influenced and perceived the social and economic context of the river within the city's life. The project draws its title and its inspiration from that relationship.

To view this artwork in full:

For more information about the waterways project:

Norwich, Dukes Palace Bridge, NHER 640

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