Artist Serena Korda was commissioned by Confluence to create a new participatory artwork for Haverfordwest that connects with the River Cleddau flowing through the centre of town. Paying homage to the anti-capitalist early 90’s underground rave scene in Pembrokeshire, Black Diamond harnessed the sonic power of the river to create a rave track with local musicians interacting with the river and mixed by electronic composer Andy Wheddon. The grand finale was a spectacular public event held on Sunday 30 August when a rocking sound system on a boat journeyed up the river to the town centre.
Leading up to the final event, there was be a number of related talks, screenings and conversations during July and August at Confluence’s base in The Lab, formerly Ocky Whites Department Store.
Wednesday 15 July, 7pm Serena Korda gave a talk about her art practice
Saturday 18 July, 2pm Black Diamond – a short introduction to The Lab’s first commission by Serena Korda. “The Western Cleddau: A Route of Migration and Commerce” – talk by local historian Simon Hancock Film Screening of Muscle Shoals a documentary by Greg Camalier about a magical recording studio on the river edge of Muscle Shoals, Alabama.
Saturday 25 July, 2pm “Sacred River – Source of Life and Gateway to the Underworld” – talk by Ruth Jones, artist and founder of Holy Hiatus. A live performance of Sue Howley’s Requiem of the Somme sung by Sue Howley and Llangwm Village Voices choir.
Saturday 1 August, 2pm “Source to Sea: Biogeography of the Western Cleddau” – talk by park ranger Hayley Barrett about how the Cleddau begins in the Preseli’s to where it finds its way into Milford Haven Estuary, including a chance to sample the river water for invertebrate life and assess its health.
Final Public Event – Sunday 30 August
The boat travelled from Neyland up the River Cleddau to arrive in Haverfordwest Town Centre with the high tide. Visitors could make their way along the route independently or book for the Black Diamond Bus.