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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 http://www.agoragri.it/

An image from my visit in March 2016

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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.

 

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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