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Growing community in southern Italy

I am delighted to be working with an organisation Agri-neutral on a project in Matera in southern Italy to create a community garden. It is a unique and challenging project to transform a patch of ground in the intersection of two communities into a productive landscape for the people who live in the surrounding flats.

My involvement in the project has been commissioned by the Matera 2019 Foundation as part of Basilicata Fiorita, series of community garden projects that are being developed in the lead up to the Matera being the European Capital of Culture in 2019.

The website for the project (in Italian) is

An image from my visit in March 2016


Soil City a new Open Jar Collective project

Soil City

Excited to be working on the next Open Jar Collective project Soil City, which will be launched with a period of ‘field research’ during Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art (GI). Soil City is a long term project initiated by Open Jar Collective, engaging with the citizens of Glasgow and a wider community of scientists, artists and activists, to re-imagine the city as if soil mattered. Read more here

I’m fascinated by glimpses beneath the construction of the city, the sense of how much goes on under our feet without us thinking about it. We rarely think of soil as part of the ecology of the city, just a material on which to build or nurture in pockets as gardens or parks. As a gardener I’ve engaged with the matter of soil and what makes a good growing medium and I am looking forward to getting to grips with the idea of soil as a collective resource, not just for growing food but sustaining live in general.


Make Things (Happen) exhibition

I’m delighted to be part of Make Things (Happen), a participatory project organized by Christine Wong Yap featuring artist-created activity sheets to make things or make things happen.

The exhibition is at the Interface Gallery in Oakland, California from 6th Feb – 2nd March 2015.

Make Things (Happen) is intended to multiply creative activity. It began with artists creating activity sheets—downloadable and freely available as photocopies in the exhibition—for anyone and everyone to use and share, encouraging further activation.

Myself and Emily Chappell created a recipe sheet for a Stone Soup event. You can download it here

Stone Soup Illustration by Emily Chappell

Stone Soup Illustration by Emily Chappell


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