Outfalls is a collaboration between two artists, Judith Tucker (visual artist) and Harriet Tarlo (poet), drawing on thirty years of experience of working with landscape in their respective fields. In our exhibitions and books we explore how the practice of drawing in relation to poetry might be employed in an affective understanding of place. Over the last five years we have developed considerable interest in North East Lincolnshire as a place of beauty, but also as one that invites questions about what is natural, and what is unnatural. The Outfalls project, focusing on the Louth Canal, developed from our work on the Humberston Fitties (see www.projectfitties.com) and indeed our interest in the canal was first sparked by encountering its outfall at Tetney Haven on the Humber Estuary.
The first iteration of this work was commissioned by Linda Ingham for an Arts Council funded collaborative show entitled Neverends and shown at the Grimsby Heritage Centre in the 2016. We continue to make new work on the canal and to show Outfalls in a range of locations including Sheffield, Barton-on-Humber, Kings Lynn, Yantai, China and London and, subsequent to discussions with the Louth Navigation Trust, plan to engage further with local people over the Spring and Summer of 2018 and to mount an exhibition at the Louth Navigation Warehouse in the Autumn of 2018.