I will be taking part in TIERRA SOSTENIBLE (SUSTAINBLE EARTH) a series of workshops with resident trans-disciplinary collective Cocina CoLaboratorio (Mexico) who will hold a series of four gatherings of “enunciation” – thinking through and naming the causes we care about as a starting point to enact local change.
Taking place around the kitchen table, the local territory and in our imaginaries – and enacted through cooking, eating and sharing together – these four gatherings are inspired by the practice of Comunalidad.
Comunalidad is a set of collective practices enacted by the indigenous communities of Oaxaca in southern Mexico: it is a way of living and working that emerges from a specific relationship with nature proposing other organising mechanisms and an alternative to sustainability.
Over the course of the gatherings, participants will develop a collection of formulas, strategies and practices to build up trans-local learning environments and experiment with collaborative ways of strengthening our relationships with nature in order to aid its regeneration.
This series is for participants who seek to challenge, overthrow, and replace the systems that oppress and exploit nature, humans and other species.
This event is part of the public programme of Delfina Foundation’s fifth season of the Politics of Food, in partnership with Gaia Art Foundation and with additional support from a range of individuals and partners.
NAE Reside is a new artist residency programme that invites artists and creative groups to reside at New Art Exchange in Nottingham, to collaborate and connect with the wider community generating inspiring ideas, developing new initiatives and nurturing their practice.
I have been selected alongside poet Ioney Smallhorne to take up residence in the NAE Mezzanine Gallery space, using the building as a base to create work and engage with different groups. I will be exploring creative ways to grow, prepare, and eat food that creates a deeper connection with the earth and with each other.
I will be in residence from July to September 2022.
The AA2A project provides placements for visual artists and designer-makers in Higher and Further Education institutions across England. The AA2A project is a national set of schemes, providing visual artists and designer makers with the opportunity to undertake a period of research or realise a project, using workshop and supporting facilities in fine art and design departments of Higher and Further Education institutions. This gives participating artists and makers the opportunity to use equipment which otherwise might not be available to them, as well as benefiting the institution by allowing students to work alongside, and interact with practising artists and makers.
image courtesy of young people at FOCUS charity Leicester 2019
What does it means to be British?
A creative arts youth project directed by Artist Boseda Olawoye
The project invites ethnically diverse young people and community groups to creatively explore their experience of “Britishness” producing artistic work for their own newspaper. Three groups from Nottingham, Birmingham and Leicester will each take part in three 6 week projects facilitated by locally based artist educators using multiple art forms to each develop and produce their own full colour newspaper.
Using the medium of newsprint is an accessible art form and gives people the opportunity to become their own creative directors, editors and distributors. Activities will include creative poetry, free writing, photojournalism, collage, drawing, banner making, spoken word and performance. Once the newspaper is published three launch events will take place in each location to celebrate and share amongst their friends, family, community and beyond.
Participants: Young people (aged 13 to 25) from Concord Youth Centre, Birmingham; Focus Charity, Leicester and Global Sistaz United, Nottingham.
Artist educators: Emily Warner (Birmingham) Panya Banjoko (Nottingham) and Mita Solanky (Leicester).