Engaging communities creatively: Abundance!

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<p>PowerPoint Presentation</p> <div><p>In my practice at different moments I am , performing, dancing, book binding, crafting, negotiating, documenting, harvesting, planting, choreographing, listening, holding spaces, saving seeds, foraging, brewing, cooking, lobbying, welcoming, protesting, interviewing, writing poetry, feasting, responding, walking, exchanging, drawing, collecting, designing, negotiating, shaping, observing, researching, inviting people in.</p></div> <div><p>why do I do what I do?</p></div> <div><p>The Northern Sea Route was first opened to international shipping in 2005. The summer ice has declined by nearly 50% in 40 years and by 2050, say Laurence Smith and Scott Stephenson of the University of California, ordinary vessels should be able to travel easily along the northern sea route and ice-strengthened ships should be able to pass over the pole itself.</p><p>"In 30 years, more than two-thirds of the volume of Arctic summer ice has disappeared.</p><p>7</p></div> <div><p>April 2013, Cornwall</p></div> <div><p>Response-Ability</p><p>Projects invite alternative ways of doing and being. </p><p>My practice involves listening, observation and responding to or with people or places often in collaboration and through dialogue. This is often with existing communities or bringing a new community together around a common theme. These communities of interest often grow and develop beyond the duration of the project.</p><p>Permaculture Principals and ethics provide project the project backbone. </p><p>Joanna Macy (eco-philosopher) in Coming Back to Life outlines three ways of working towards a life-sustaining society. These categories are very useful in helping to make a framework for my practice:</p><p>Holding Action </p><p>Creating New Structures</p><p>Shifting Perceptions to realise our interdependence</p></div> <div><p>This model of artist operating within society leads to radical redefinitions of the potential roles of the artist who rather than reflecting or critiquing existing cultural narratives works with people and places to create new ones. </p><p>9</p></div> <div><p>The importance of the intensely local </p><p>Naome Klein</p></div> <div><p>THE CONTEMPORARY FOOD system is inherently unsustainable. Indicators of social, environmental and economic performance, such as food security, greenhouse-gas emissions, food miles, lower farm incomes and biodiversity loss highlight this fact. Extracts from a report, Eating Oil: Food Supply in a Changing Climate, Andy Jones, Elm Farm Research Centre 2001</p><p>The most political act we do on a daily basis is to eat Dr Jules Pretty</p></div> <div><p>Abundance &amp; Grow Sheffield</p><p>www.growsheffield.com</p><p>Vision: </p><p>To create a harvest season of practical, creative events and activities to bring people together across the city to celebrate food growing and the local harvest. </p><p>Funded by : South Yorkshire Community Champions Fund, Earthcare Trust, Open Gate Trust, Arts Council, National Lottery</p></div> <div><p>13</p></div> <div><p>In gardens, backyards, parks, hospital grounds, cemeteries, canal-sides, gap sites</p></div> <div><p>14</p></div> <div><p>15</p></div> <div><p>In Sheffield we found: </p><p>Plums, greengages, hazlenuts, walnuts, </p><p>pears, </p><p>apples, cherries, damsons</p><p>quinces</p><p>medlars</p><p>peaches!</p></div> <div><p>Photo by PH</p></div> <div><p>17</p></div> <div><p>25</p></div> <div><p>Abundance Handbook</p><p>Free Download: http://growsheffield.com/abundance/</p></div> <div><p>Fruit Routes/Eat Your Campus</p><p>www.fruitroutesloughborough.wordpress.com</p><p>Vision: </p><p>The vision of Fruit Routes is to plant fruit, nut trees and edible plants along footpaths and cycle paths across the university campus creating a spring snowfall of blossom and an autumnal abundance of fresh fruits and berries for harvesting, eating and distributing. Different varieties of pears, plums, damsons, greengages, hazels, almonds, apples and hedgerow species suited to the local environment and the changing climate will be planted with and cared for by people who live, work and pass through these places providing an annual feast for years to come. Fruit Routes provides an enriched habitat for people, plants, insects and animals as well as a location for cultural activities and outdoor learning. 2009</p><p>Funded by : Loughborough University and Big Tree Fund</p></div> <div><p>funding</p><p>31</p></div> <div><p>Fruit routes slideshow</p><p>32</p></div> <div><p>Shed On Wheels</p><p>www.amculhane.co.uk</p><p>Vision: </p><p>To integrate the arts of imagination and the visual arts with practical skills of growing, cooking and harvesting. The mobile unit acts as an active tool for combining these objectives using green design techniques to create a temporary roving space that moves between different neighbourhoods and events. It will act as meeting place, eating place, a site of creative interaction, exchange, sharing and discussion. Working with local people and visitors the S.O.W will become a multi authored evolving installation using a combination of photography, visual arts and text, cooking and eating to explore themes of people, their environment and food. </p><p>Funded by Arts Council/National Lottery, Cooperative Community Fund and Plymouth City Council</p></div> <div><p>funding</p><p>33</p></div> <div><p>Shed on Wheels, Plymouth Art Centre, 2012</p></div> <div><p>Stonehouse Seedstore</p><p>www.amculhane.co.uk</p><p>Vision: An ark of seeds</p><p>To collect 100 stories about our connections to and relationships with plants Sourcing seeds and cuttings of these plants as a community resource and a celebration of diversity and making seeds are available for free to anyone who wants to grow in Stonehouse as an evolving community resource.</p><p>Funded by : Awards for All and supported by Stonehouse Action and Stonehouse Timebank</p></div> <div><p>Seedstore at Plymouth Art Centre 2015, photo copyright PhotoNow</p></div> <div><p>Singing to the Trees A Wassail for 2015</p><p>Vision:</p><p>To create a new Wassail song to be sung at Exeter Community Garden to the new orchard. Referencing observed changes in seasonal patterns and their impacts on orchards highlighting climate change on a local level to contemporise this tradition.</p><p>Funded by:</p><p>CCANW (centre for contemporary art &amp; the natural world) Kaleider, University of Exeter</p></div> <div><p>Emergent themes :</p><p>Lots of different ways to participate</p><p>Seasonality/repeating cycles and events</p><p>Inter-generational</p><p>Collaboration</p><p>Craft of Care</p><p>Permaculture principals &amp; ethics</p><p>Fun!</p></div> <div><p>Craft of care</p><p>46</p></div> <div><p>Humans are capable of a unique trick, creating realities by first imagining them, by experiencing them in their minds. ...As soon as we sense the possibility of a more desirable world ,we begin behaving differently, as though that world is starting to come into existence, as though, in our minds eye , we are already there. The dream becomes an invisible force which pulls us forward. By this process it begins to come true. The act of imagining somehow makes it real..... And what is possible in art becomes thinkable in life. Brian Eno</p></div> <div><p>Imagining the future </p><p>What do you see in your community?</p></div>