Museum of Water is a collection of publicly donated water that tells stories of the people and places it comes from. It is an invitation to ponder our precious liquid and how we use it.

Water is our most basic need but also our most overlooked, throwaway substance. We claim kinship with every water metaphor, yet in our actions we defend against it, squeezing and pumping, chlorinating and piping, soothed by our certainty that it will pour from our taps at a twist of our fingers.

It is time to re-examine our connection with the water that surrounds us, to develop a new relationship: to consider what is precious about it and how we are using it now in order to explore how we might care for it in the future. We are all implicated in this.

Museum of Water has travelled to over 50 different sites worldwide, been visited by over 60,000 people, and currently holds over 1,000 bottles in the collection. In celebration of our access to fresh water, always running alongside the Museum is our Water Bar, a free pop-up outdoor bar serving fresh water from the nearest source.

Begun in 2013, in a time of relative plenty in Britain, Museum of Water travels across the world gathering collections of water for future generations to consider. The collection holds ghost water and bad dream water, water from the last ice age, a melted snowman as well as Norwegian spit, three types of urine and two different breaths. It holds water from Lourdes, Mecca and the Ganges, Mediterranean sea beside a refugee camp on Lesvos and water from an aboriginal grandmother remembering the stolen generation and the disappearing wetlands of Western Australia.

Explore our Collection online, listen to donors’ speaking about their water, keep an eye out for future events and bring your own water.

Choose what water is precious to you.
Help us build a collection of water for future generations to enjoy.
What water will you keep?


um of water

today we launch a preview of an ongoing project with future programming to culminate in June 2022.
umofwater.com

the work is a sonic sharing of water wavelengths ...by people in relationship with water and land.

we open as a work in progress, with the intention that we can grow this together and learn from each other over time and with water. For the moment this is a desktop experience only, the mobile version is coming soon.

the collective is inviting Indigenous peoples and allies to sit with water and to spend time in a practice of deep listening. as the um of water grows, audio recordings of this experience will be able to be uploaded and heard when visitors scroll over the digital map. this collective action of deep listening and sharing is intended to create a sonic cartographic experience that centers the voice and sounds of water - amplifying and asserting our accountabilities and responsibilities to water and to each other.

words and fonts are monuments to meaning, they simplify and they standardize, they consume and limit possibilities: written place names have been used to prop up systems of abuse.
resisting the desire to pin down and reduce oral languages, refusing these assumed wayfinders of previous maps, instead we offer the disorientation of searching, finding your way by other means, feeling your way through sound and topography, using your senses, dissolving written words to focus on the water itself.

The Collective
Elwood Jimmy
Leslie McCue
Sara Roque
Amy Sharrocks

Artwork
Clara Peltier

Site Developers
From Geomatics and Cartographic Research Centre:
Brendan Billingsley
Amos Hayes
Rebekah Ingram
Matthew King
Peter Pulsifer

Additional Sound Contributors
Ko'khó:wa Horn-Kirby, Matthew King, Thohahènte

Production Assistance UK
Alisa Oleva

Producers
Mary Osborn, Artsadmin UK
Alison Wong, Luminato

Animation
Tone Davies H28

Um of Water is commissioned and presented by Luminato in partnership with the Geomatics and Cartographic Research Centre (Carleton University), and Artsadmin UK

Acknowledgements
Design de Plume, Drawing Change, Alex Rand, Murray Richardson

@artsadm @luminatofestival @tone_h28

um of water

today we launch a preview of an ongoing project with future programming to culminate in June 2022.
umofwater.com

the work is a sonic sharing of water wavelengths ...by people in relationship with water and land.

we open as a work in progress, with the intention that we can grow this together and learn from each other over time and with water. For the moment this is a desktop experience only, the mobile version is coming soon.

the collective is inviting Indigenous peoples and allies to sit with water and to spend time in a practice of deep listening. as the um of water grows, audio recordings of this experience will be able to be uploaded and heard when visitors scroll over the digital map. this collective action of deep listening and sharing is intended to create a sonic cartographic experience that centers the voice and sounds of water - amplifying and asserting our accountabilities and responsibilities to water and to each other.

words and fonts are monuments to meaning, they simplify and they standardize, they consume and limit possibilities: written place names have been used to prop up systems of abuse.
resisting the desire to pin down and reduce oral languages, refusing these assumed wayfinders of previous maps, instead we offer the disorientation of searching, finding your way by other means, feeling your way through sound and topography, using your senses, dissolving written words to focus on the water itself.

The Collective
Elwood Jimmy
Leslie McCue
Sara Roque
Amy Sharrocks

Artwork
Clara Peltier

Site Developers
Geomatics and Cartographic Research Centre:
Brendan Billingsley
Amos Hayes
Rebekah Ingram
Matthew King
Peter Pulsifer

Additional Sound Contributors
Ko'khó:wa Horn-Kirby, Matthew King, Thohahènte

Production Assistant UK
Alisa Oleva

Producers
Mary Osborn, Artsadmin UK
Alison Wong, Luminato

Animation
Tone Davies H28

Um of Water is commissioned and presented by Luminato in partnership with the Geomatics and Cartographic Research Centre (Carleton University), and Artsadmin UK

Acknowledgements
Design de Plume, Drawing Change, Alex Rand, Murray Richardson, Council of Canadians

@artsadm @luminatofestival @tone_h28

Ahead of opening the new work on 15 October, we are sharing a graphic facilitation of one of the conversations between the collective of artists making this work. These are some of the questions ...around water we have been trying to ask & hold as we make this work together.

How can we be accountable and attendant to each other and to the water?
What is it to LISTEN to the LAND?
What questions can de-centre the human experience?

This work has been trying to re-think museums, questioning and dismantling museum structures and cherishing multiple voices; to acknowledge complexities & disrupt consumption, to move differently in the world and think beyond the administration of water.

Instead of ‘moving forward’ - we want to pause and sit with the water - remembering we can’t control or constrain the spirit of water - watersheds don’t have borders. At all times acknowledging the sovereignty of water, honouring the knowledge holders, the Indigenous women walking for water.

How can we interrupt our individual habits to move to collective thinking?
What acts of love can we show each other and the water today?
Water is Kin

#collectivethinking
#multiplevoices
#movedifferently
#watershedsdonthaveborders
#waterwalkers
#museumofwater
#luminatofestival
#listentotheland
#outsidethemuseum
#honouring
#sovereigntyofwater
#ethics
#actsoflove
#wateriskin

Graphic by @drawingchange

@artsadm @luminatofestival

Ahead of opening the new work on 15 October, we are sharing a graphic facilitation of one of the conversations between the collective of artists making this work. These are some of the questions ...around water we have been trying to ask & hold as we make this work together.

How can we be accountable and attendant to each other and to the water?
What is it to LISTEN to the LAND?
What questions can de-centre the human experience?

This work has been trying to re-think museums, questioning and dismantling museum structures and cherishing multiple voices; to acknowledge complexities & disrupt consumption, to move differently in the world and think beyond the administration of water.

Instead of ‘moving forward’ - we want to pause and sit with the water - remembering we can’t control or constrain the spirit of water - watersheds don’t have borders. At all times acknowledging the sovereignty of water, honouring the knowledge holders, the Indigenous women walking for water.

How can we interrupt our individual habits to move to collective thinking?
What acts of love can we show each other and the water today?
Water is Kin

#collectivethinking
#multiplevoices
#movedifferently
#watershedsdonthaveborders
#waterwalkers
#museumofwater
#luminatofestival
#listentotheland
#outsidethemuseum
#honouring
#sovereigntyofwater
#ethics
#actsoflove
#wateriskin

Graphic by @drawingchange

@artsadm @luminatofestival

Ahead of opening the new work on 15 October, we are sharing a graphic facilitation of one of the conversations between the collective of artists making this work. These are some of the questions ...around water we have been trying to ask & hold as we make this work together.

How can we be accountable and attendant to each other and to the water?
What is it to LISTEN to the LAND?
What questions can de-centre the human experience?

This work has been trying to re-think museums, questioning and dismantling museum structures and cherishing multiple voices; to acknowledge complexities & disrupt consumption, to move differently in the world and think beyond the administration of water.

Instead of ‘moving forward’ - we want to pause and sit with the water - remembering we can’t control or constrain the spirit of water - watersheds don’t have borders. At all times acknowledging the sovereignty of water, honouring the knowledge holders, the Indigenous women walking for water.

How can we interrupt our individual habits to move to collective thinking?
What acts of love can we show each other and the water today?
Water is Kin

#collectivethinking
#multiplevoices
#movedifferently
#watershedsdonthaveborders
#waterwalkers
#museumofwater
#luminatofestival
#listentotheland
#outsidethemuseum
#honouring
#sovereigntyofwater
#ethics
#actsoflove
#wateriskin

Graphic by @drawingchange

@artsadm @luminatofestival

Ahead of opening the new work on 15 October, we are sharing a graphic facilitation of one of the conversations between the collective of artists making this work. These are some of the questions ...around water we have been trying to ask & hold as we make this work together.

How can we be accountable and attendant to each other and to the water?
What is it to LISTEN to the LAND?
What questions can de-centre the human experience?

This work has been trying to re-think museums, questioning and dismantling museum structures and cherishing multiple voices; to acknowledge complexities & disrupt consumption, to move differently in the world and think beyond the administration of water.

Instead of ‘moving forward’ - we want to pause and sit with the water - remembering we can’t control or constrain the spirit of water - watersheds don’t have borders. At all times acknowledging the sovereignty of water, honouring the knowledge holders, the Indigenous women walking for water.

How can we interrupt our individual habits to move to collective thinking?
What acts of love can we show each other and the water today?
Water is Kin

#collectivethinking
#multiplevoices
#movedifferently
#watershedsdonthaveborders
#waterwalkers
#museumofwater
#luminatofestival
#listentotheland
#outsidethemuseum
#honouring
#sovereigntyofwater
#ethics
#actsoflove
#wateriskin

Graphic by @drawingchange

@artsadm @luminatofestival

Ahead of opening the new work on 15 October, we are sharing a graphic facilitation of one of the conversations between the collective of artists making this work. These are some of the questions ...around water we have been trying to ask & hold as we make this work together.

How can we be accountable and attendant to each other and to the water?
What is it to LISTEN to the LAND?
What questions can de-centre the human experience?

This work has been trying to re-think museums, questioning and dismantling museum structures and cherishing multiple voices; to acknowledge complexities & disrupt consumption, to move differently in the world and think beyond the administration of water.

Instead of ‘moving forward’ - we want to pause and sit with the water - remembering we can’t control or constrain the spirit of water - watersheds don’t have borders. At all times acknowledging the sovereignty of water, honouring the knowledge holders, the Indigenous women walking for water.

How can we interrupt our individual habits to move to collective thinking?
What acts of love can we show each other and the water today?
Water is Kin

#collectivethinking
#multiplevoices
#movedifferently
#watershedsdonthaveborders
#waterwalkers
#museumofwater
#luminatofestival
#listentotheland
#outsidethemuseum
#honouring
#sovereigntyofwater
#ethics
#actsoflove
#wateriskin

Graphic by @drawingchange

@artsadm @luminatofestival

Ahead of opening the new work on 15 October, we are sharing a graphic facilitation of one of the conversations between the collective of artists making this work. These are some of the questions ...around water we have been trying to ask & hold as we make this work together.

How can we be accountable and attendant to each other and to the water?
What is it to LISTEN to the LAND?
What questions can de-centre the human experience?

This work has been trying to re-think museums, questioning and dismantling museum structures and cherishing multiple voices; to acknowledge complexities & disrupt consumption, to move differently in the world and think beyond the administration of water.

Instead of ‘moving forward’ - we want to pause and sit with the water - remembering we can’t control or constrain the spirit of water - watersheds don’t have borders. At all times acknowledging the sovereignty of water, honouring the knowledge holders, the Indigenous women walking for water.

How can we interrupt our individual habits to move to collective thinking?
What acts of love can we show each other and the water today?
Water is Kin

#collectivethinking
#multiplevoices
#movedifferently
#watershedsdonthaveborders
#waterwalkers
#museumofwater
#luminatofestival
#listentotheland
#outsidethemuseum
#honouring
#sovereigntyofwater
#ethics
#actsoflove
#wateriskin

Graphic by @drawingchange

@artsadm @luminatofestival

Ahead of opening the new work on 15 October, we are sharing a graphic facilitation of one of the conversations between the collective of artists making this work. These are some of the questions ...around water we have been trying to ask & hold as we make this work together.

How can we be accountable and attendant to each other and to the water?
What is it to LISTEN to the LAND?
What questions can de-centre the human experience?

This work has been trying to re-think museums, questioning and dismantling museum structures and cherishing multiple voices; to acknowledge complexities & disrupt consumption, to move differently in the world and think beyond the administration of water.

Instead of ‘moving forward’ - we want to pause and sit with the water - remembering we can’t control or constrain the spirit of water - watersheds don’t have borders. At all times acknowledging the sovereignty of water, honouring the knowledge holders, the Indigenous women walking for water.

How can we interrupt our individual habits to move to collective thinking?
What acts of love can we show each other and the water today?
Water is Kin

#collectivethinking
#multiplevoices
#movedifferently
#watershedsdonthaveborders
#waterwalkers
#museumofwater
#luminatofestival
#listentotheland
#outsidethemuseum
#honouring
#sovereigntyofwater
#ethics
#actsoflove
#wateriskin

Graphic by @drawingchange

@artsadm @luminatofestival

We have had the opportunity to work with incredible photographers across the world, some over years. We are thankful for the brilliance of Ruth Corney, Ben Blossom, Lucy Carruthers, Pete Tweedie (UK), Salih Kilic (NL), Jess Wyld, Jacqueline Jane (WA), whose work features across this site. How to have a 3 minute shower by the brilliant Jen Jamieson and The Oceanic Sessions were part of Museum of Water WA.

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