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 this 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 waters 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?

This is the published invitation for Indigenous partnership to co-create Museum of Water in Ontario. It was co-written by 3 producers @Luminato, a UK artist & UK producer.

Being explicit... about the violent and unjust systems we are working under was a primary step to (re)opening relations, following histories of dishonest and broken treaties and faithlessness between individuals, organisations and countries, and in the wake of ongoing daily practices of exclusion and violence faced by Indigenous communities in the land now known as Canada. We hoped to work together, to enter into generative new practices and processes with each other and with water. This work developed over 16 months and un-made itself to become Um of Water, attempting deeper understanding and acknowledgement of the water we live with and rely on for survival.

Despite this declaration, Luminato have exactly repeated the relational dynamics of colonial practice, shifting from friendly & thankful to silence, erasure & domination. Their cancellation and ‘apology’ - following institutional neglect, bias and anti-Indigenous racism - was a unilateral decision which repeated harms & was enforced despite our strong protests. They have still not apologised fully nor detailed the ways they will make themselves accountable nor make Indigenous partners safe.

They continue to publicise their festival without acknowledging the collective’s work across their curation. They have still not paid all the artists nor reached out for any kind of repair.

Fun! Yoga! Luminato’s marketing description and email reveal their distance from the work, their reductive understanding. The festival never did justice to the work, and having few Indigenous staff meant they were unable to adequately hold or express the intentions.

If you want to show support or express concern, please write to @luminatofestival either on their social channels or via email.



Please read this full statement by the artists on the cancellation of all ...@umofwater events by @luminatofestival

Grateful if you could please share widely.


Image shows repeating wave patterns of blue water receding into distance.

The full statement from @luminatofestival website on their cancellation of #umofwater and the many live & online experiences, artworks and conversations that we had planned.

We regret to announce that Um of Water has been cancelled. Luminato takes full responsibility for the mistakes which led to the cancellation of this project and we are deeply sorry. Our full ...statement is on the website here.

Statement from @luminatofestival

Posted @withregram • @luminatofestival We regret to announce that Um of Water has been cancelled. Luminato takes full responsibility for the mistakes ...which led to the cancellation of this project and we are deeply sorry. Our full statement is on the website, at the link in our bio.

More news soon.

Museum as Community is a central act of museum making ❤️

Sharing some images from Nkabom —The Museum as Community, which explores the idea of community and connection through the work... of three artists and the notion of Nkabom - coming together. It will be on view to the public from May 20–June 21 at the Biennale of Dakar, 2022.

@kuuksss explores the reconnection of women of African descent with the earth in her film Born of the Earth;

@ritamawuena 's large-scale and delicate interventions remodel the Afayhe, ceremonial spaces;

@kwasidarkostudio installations look deeply into the layers of public urban spaces.

Also including images from the @ano_ghana of their mobile museum in Accra and their thinking on Future Museums.

The exhibition is curated by @nanaoforiattaayim, Director of ANO Institute of Arts & Knowledge in Accra and Director at Large of Ghana’s Museums and Cultural Heritage, who created the mobile museums as a space of communion in the village of Popenguine, facilitated by the community there.

The mobile museums have been built as modular, open-source bamboo structures, fufuzela, by architect DK Osseo Asare and houses works from artists Go Salam and Moussa of Delu6waat, reflecting on their connections with the sea and the communities around it, as well as their relation to the environment.

“This notion of the dynamic fluidity of time is often absent in museum spaces, fixed as they are on the singularity of one spatial story or telling...How do we create a space – one that offers growth, insight, learning and transcendence through culture – for all, not just one privileged social class?” @ano_ghana

#museumofwaterrecommends #nkabom #museumascommunity #connection #comingtogether #womenofAfricandescent #ceremonialspaces #layersofpublicurbanspaces #women #water

Kuukua Eshun, Born of the Earth, 2022.
Kuukua Eshun. Courtesy of ANO Institute of Arts and Knowledge.
Ano Ghana Mobile Museum

Um of Water will be part of Luminato Festival and will run from 9th to 19th of June. Um of Water is an invitation to sit, listen, and be with Water.
#luminatofestival #umofwater #Water
...#questioningframeworks #museumofwater #colonialinstitutions

Um of Water will be part of Luminato Festival and will run from 9th to 19th of June. Um of Water is an invitation to sit, listen, and be with Water.
#luminatofestival #umofwater #Water
...#questioningframeworks #museumofwater #colonialinstitutions

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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