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A Growing Exchange film screening Nov 2013

Clem interview July13 Drumchapel Feb11

I have been working with Annechien Meier (Netherlands) on a collaborative project A Growing Exchange since 2011.

We have been questioning and investigating an artist’s role in projects related to food, community growing and urban agriculture in The Hague and Glasgow. Over almost three years we have interviewed many groups and individuals to find out more about what is happening in the field of urban agriculture and how an artist does or could function in urban agriculture projects. How much responsibility should artists have? Are they the right people to be asked to solve social and economic issues?

The documentary that we’ve created is based on our interviews and explores the influence of political, social and spatial developments that relate to urban agriculture and the issues arising from urban agriculture projects and the impacts on both cities and their residents. Within this context we also explore the role of the artist and their impact and responsibilities. The documentary has been produced in collaboration with Gert-Jan Gerlach, a film-maker based in The Hague and has been supported by CCA, Glasgow, Stroom Den Haag; Centre for Art, Design and Architecture and Fonds 1818.

The screening will take place on Sunday 24th of November at 3pm and be followed by a discussion about issues raised in the film involving myself, Annechien and Francis McKee (Director of the CCA, Glasgow).

Thanks to everyone who has contributed to A Growing Exchange, taking the time to show us their projects and share their ideas on urban agriculture. A list on contributors is on the website

Broth Mix returns for GI 2014 hosted by the Kinning Park Complex

Its is great to announce that a new Broth Mix project is going to be part of the Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art in 2014. Based on the concept started by myself and Leigh French in 2007 at the Intermedia gallery, Broth Mix will be the temporary transformation of part of the Kinning Park Complex into a space for conversations and action with both the local community, the wider creative community in Glasgow and the festival audience.

The Open Jar Collective are taking on the organisation of the project and will be curating a series of events that bring people together through the common connection of food. We will be resident in the space for two weeks of the festival, the creative process of developing the space with the community open for all festival visitors to observe and participate in during the first week and the programme of events taking place in the second week.

The Kinning Park Complex is an independent community centre in the southside of Glasgow and a creative hub, incorporating artist studios, community spaces and hosting a regular programme of activities and events. We will work in collaboration with the community and are aiming for the project to assist with the development of the kitchen space for use after the project is over and highlight the ongoing struggles of the members to secure a long-term future for the building.

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‘Dairy House’ 1st September 2013

This is the first commission for the Open Jar Collective (Clem Sandison, Hannnah Brackston, Daniele Sambo and Emily Chappell) by the Environmental Art Festival Scotland in Dumfries and Galloway 30th Aug – 2nd Sept.

Dairy House

Open Jar Collective present ‘Dairy House’ as part of the 2013 festival

To share the results of our research in Dumfries and Galloway over the summer Open Jar Collective have built a pop-up milk bar, which we will bring to the festival on Sunday 1st September. The bar will tour Gatehouse of Fleet from 12 – 3pm and be part of the EAFS Gathering 3: The Land and Us at Cairnsmore of Fleet SNH Reserve in the evening.

The milk bar will create a space for rumination and conversation that draws from our experience of visiting the farms and speaking to farmers, exploring issues and experiences of dairy farmers and their cows. Visitors to the bar will be invited to drink a glass of milk with us and hear stories that we have gathered along the way and add their own to our collection.

Open Jar Collective often consider the interconnections between the food we eat and how it’s produced and distributed. We interviewed people and documented places connected with dairy farming in Dumfries and Galloway, gathering an understanding of relationships, passions and perspectives on food. This project brings some of the elements of the dairy farm; sounds, images, people’s personal memories and daily experiences out to the community.

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