Discretionary Award (360G-Wellcome-209793_Z_17_Z)

£40,000

'Sacred Water' – an engagement project run by artist Lena Bui, was a creative space for researchers at OUCRU-Nepal and people living in the Kathmandu Valley to discuss health with a focus on water. However, the earthquake of 2015 caused many participants to reflect on a wider view of health. Lena became interested in what people turn to for a sense of wellbeing - cultural rituals, western medicine, traditional healers, astrologers, or god. She developed a script based on personal accounts and will now continue the collaboration with OUCRU-NP and the local community to develop the project into an exhibition with a feature-length film as an exploration of health beyond the functioning of a physical body. The film, A Vertical Walk, is a mixture of documentary, travelogue, essay video and experimental images, taking the viewers through landscapes shaped by accounts and fragments of dreams and memories. A public exhibition, held in Kathmandu, will consist of the film, animations, larger paintings and open discussions with the artist and researchers. We will collaborate with a local venue to create a space promoting reflection on the essence of resilience and the role of culture and faith in our existence and sense of wellbeing.

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Grant Details

Amount Awarded 40000
Applicant Surname Chambers
Approval Committee Internal Decision Panel
Award Date 2017-09-30T00:00:00+00:00
Financial Year 2016/17
Grant Programme: Title Discretionary Award – C&S
Internal ID 209793/Z/17/Z
Lead Applicant Dr Mary Chambers
Partnership Value 40000
Planned Dates: End Date 2021-01-31T00:00:00+00:00
Planned Dates: Start Date 2017-10-01T00:00:00+00:00
Recipient Org: Country United Kingdom
Region South East