Morecambe Milieux Programme

Morecambe Bay Milieux ~ Aqueous Futures conference is a three-day event consisting of a conference and a symposium.

Morecambe Milieux will host two days of panel conversations, artistic showcases and outdoor experiences at the Midland Hotel and on the Bay itself between 6th and 7th September 2023.

The Aqueous Futures symposium will take place on Friday 8th and the Aqueous Futures symposium will be open from Wednesday 9 am-to Friday at 5 pm.

Wednesday 6th September
9.00-9.30 Arrival and coffee, with foraged botanical teas from Heysham, Morecambe Bay prepared by visual artist Sam Pickett
9.30-10.00 Welcome address
Dr Louise Carver and Professor Charlie Gere, Future Places Centre, Lancaster University
10.00- 11.15 Panel 1– Situated perspectives in the more-than-human, Morecambe Bay.
Dr. Catherine Oliver, Lancaster University
Debbie Yare, Independent artist
Dr. Karen Lloyd, Lancaster University



Coffee and Tea

11.30- 12.45 Panel 2– Processual ways of knowing and interstitial wetlands
Dr. Tilman Hertz, Stockholm Resilience Centre
Dr. Kate Judith, University of Southern Queensland (online)
Thomas Pausz, University of Iceland.
12.45- 14.00 Vegetarian buffet lunch for all delegates provided at the Midland
14.00-14.40 Keynote — Daisy Hildyard 

Author of Emergency, The Second Body and Hunters in the Snow and historian of science.

14.45- 16.00 Panel 3 —Science for the Anthropocene: Knowledge Practices for an Upstream Consciousness
Professor David Tyfield, Lancaster University
Dr Laura Harrington, Independent Artist
Mandy Knott, Natural England.
16.00- 16.15 Coffee and Tea.
16.15-17.30 Panel 4 – Encounters in the ebb and flow. Crossings and contact zones
Dr. Aurora Fredriksen, Manchester University
Annabel Plumeridge North West Inshore Fisheries Authority
Sonia Levy, Independent Artist

River Tours: The Lune.
Performance as part of the Aqueous Futures exhibition
Tapestry by The Sewing Café, text by Claire Dean and  performance by Orla Cottingham, presented by Lancaster Arts



Thursday 7th September
10.30-14.00 Artist lead ‘barefoot method’ Cross Bay Walk Arnside to Grange*
Michael Wilson, The King’s Guide to the Sands
Led by artists Debbie Yare, Laura Harrington and Jamie Allen 
14.00-15.00 BYO lunch on the conference bus
15.00-16.15 Panel 5- Demarcating Disappearing Territory. Making New Land
Dr. Katherine Sammler, University of Twente
The Sunderland Point Community Association


Stephen Bennett, Practicing Visual Artist and Co-Head of the Policy Lab

16.15-16.30 Coffee and Tea.
16.30-17.15 Panel 6— Emplaced Resilience and Coastal Communities
Maddi Nicholson, Art Gene
Dr. Elizabeth Barron, Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Dr. Serena Pollastri, Lancaster Institute for Contemporary Arts
17.15-17.45 Round-up and Plenary
*Conference bus leaves from the Midland Hotel at 9.50 AM to Arnside where the walk begins