Some questions answered


Who are we?

Tidelines is exploring the place we live from lots of different perspectives with something of interest for everyone.  We are joining-up and sharing different forms of knowledge and information in creative ways, in order to learn more about our changing home: combining different ways of thinking about things such as science, arts, history, geography and marine biology. Tidelines is made by its community of participants and devised and managed by project co-ordinators Anne-Marie Culhane and Jo Salter. celebrates and supports artists who look outward. This might mean quite explicitly talking in their work about environmental or ecological issues, or it might mean a much broader sense of the ecological: something that is open, enquiring, caring, and considerate of the world (people and places) it inhabits. Our work focusses on how we live on the planet and on art as a practice of being present and being here.

ERDF-funded Low Carbon Devon is a project of the Sustainability Hub at the University of Plymouth providing an exciting new catalyst for low-carbon economic growth in Devon. Low Carbon Devon supports Devon-based organisations to access research, business support, and engage with the University of Plymouth around the low-carbon agenda. This project has been supported by Low Carbon Devon.


How will it all work?

Whilst it would be lovely to get together in an indoor or outdoor space clearly we’re not going to do that. High Water will take place on Zoom. If you’ve never used Zoom before it’s really very simple and works on 99% of computers, laptops, and phones as long as they are connected to the internet. All we ask is that you sign up for a free account and that you are logged on to Zoom before you head over to us.

Zoom is basically a digital meeting space. Everyone can see and hear one another (at least, that’s the way we’ll be using it). When you are sharing everyone else will see and hear you and you will be able to share things direct from your computer. If there is too much background noise we can mute your microphone so that your background noises don’t interfere with everyone else. Normally at Zoom meetings it’s ‘protocol’ to remain muted unless you are actually speaking.


The programme

We will curate a programme based on your offerings. Wherever you are in the world we would love you to talk at or near the time of the high tide nearest to you, but that’s not essential – you can tell us the best time for you. If you don’t know when your nearest high tide happens you can find out here.

You can do a live reading, tell us a story, share a recording, show us some images and tell us about them. You can tell us something true or you can make something up that tells us something about the sea, the tides, being on, in or under the waves. There’s not really any limit on what you can offer: the only thing we ask is that you don’t simply prepare a PowerPoint. We’re asking that you will speak from the heart even if what you are telling us is highly factual and the result of years’ worth of research!

We would love to make a programme that lasts the entire length of a tidal cycle: that’s a little over 12 hours. However we’re aiming for six hours to begin with and we’ll see where we go from there. Obviously you don’t need to be in the audience for all that time, you can come and go as you please.


Tricky things on Zoom

There are a few things that are a bit tricky on Zoom. Videos for example don’t play terribly well (it might look OK at your end, but to everyone else the video will be jerky and very broken up. So if you want do anything like that just tick the box on the form and we will get in touch and discuss it with you.


I don’t really like speaking in front of others. What if I’m too nervous to do something live?

That’s OK! All you need to do is let us know. Ideally make a recording and email it to us ( Most smart phones make excellent recordings but if you can’t do that we can arrange for you to tell us your story over the phone.


You are recording the event. What will happen with the recordings?

We want to share the programme with others after the event. Not everyone will be able to sit and watch/listen for the whole time. We will make selections from the recordings of the event and publish them on our website.

But we’re also interested in making a book. We don’t yet know how we will do that, but we hope to make a book that reflects the richness and breadth of all the information that will be shared during High Water. We won’t publish anything without checking with you first.


Anything else?

You can email us at and ask any question you like. We’ll do our best to answer it.


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