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Photography

Darrin Roles

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Writing

Fiona Undrill

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Drawing

Kath Fotheringham

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Painting

Laura Middleton

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Textiles

Louisa Maybury

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Garden art

Gen Early

A group of us were introduced to river swims by Swim Oxford Open’s first Lock to Lock event back in 2015. By 2018, we knew we needed more than the events and we didn’t want to limit our river swims to the summer – so we kept on swimming.

Through the seasons, the call of the river has grown stronger and stronger. We resist this call on all but one magical morning of the week and when, on that day, we have sated our desire, we tuck away our skins and walk back to our work.

But when we have done with our work, the river has not done with us. With the spirit of the river running through us, we made a place we could come to when we cannot wallow in its weed-winding waters.