2nd Nov – Felt very privileged to be invited to speak at the new UNESCO Bridges Hub: E(e)earth, launched by The University of Wales Trinity Saint David in Swansea.
UWTSD launched the new Hub by showcasing three projects that demonstrated different approaches and methods of knowing the Earth.
The first project was led by a group of indigenous people from Colombia who shared previously unrecorded methods of land regeneration.
I talked about the connections between soil, culture and grief that I explore in my practice, with a focus on the relict landscapes of the south Wales coal mining communities.
Supported using public funding by Arts Council England.
1st Nov – We finished our booklet and report ‘what it is to be there’ for the University of Bristol, Brigstow Exchange. An exploration of grief and place and a journey of research into all things Earthy.
Written by Lesel Dawson – Associate Professor in Literature and Culture, University of Bristol; Arts and Culture Lead, The Good Grief Festival, Julian Brigstocke – Senior Lecturer in Human Geography, Cardiff and myself, it reports on our work together over the past 8 months, made possible by funding from the Brigstow Ideas Exchange. This is a brilliant resource if you want help to develop partners, expand conversations and areas of research.. they’re super helpful.
This opportunity enabled me to focus on my project, ‘What it is to be there’ (see project page) and consider its potential for development into practice-based and interdisciplinary research. This project is on-going and is supported using public funding by Arts Council England.
13th Oct: ‘Getting down and dirty’ – a practical workshop I led at The Garage, for researchers and academics to experience thinking with the body and what that might mean. I organized the event with Professor Louise Steel & Associate Professor Lesel Dawson, who also led a brainstorming session on ways to collaborate on a future project. Thanks to Jude Allen of https://soilvoices.org, one of the participants of the workshop, for making this video – which sums up the day!