Fairland Collective co-edited edition of Feast Journal is still on the way, albeit a little slowed down by the global pandemic.
Kastanatopia collaborative ethnographic paper was also due for publication (but sadly cancelled due to Covid19)
The Potato Connoisseurs (Fairland residency project) reached ts final drafting phase. Details on www.fairlandcollective.com
JULY/AUGUST- Mexico part i
CASA GIAP, Chiapas, Mexico
I'm delighted to have taken part in a residency in Chiapas during the summer, led by GIAP (Research Group in Art and Politics) and Profesor TJ Demos, professor of History of Art and Visual Culture at UC Santa Cruz/director of the Center for Creative Ecologies.
More information here:
SEPTEMBER 2019 - Mexico part ii,
AKA sweet clay heaven
In Summer 2019 I spent one month working with a thoroughly inspiring organisation, Innovando la Tradicion, a multidisciplinary non-profit and sustainable design project based in Oaxaca, dedicated to providing a platform for collaboration and the promotion of potters and pottery communities.
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Fairland Collective spent 11 months working with Lion Salt Works in Cheshire, engaging in all things salty and salt-related. A performative feast (FYI there were songs about salt) happened on the 28th of November, publication of co-authored Feast Journal to follow soon - with a collection of literary explorations from invited collaborators and writers.
November 2019 - SALT
DECEMBER 2019 - The Potato Connoisseurs
Fairland Collective spent two weeks in residence on the island of Jersey, at the invitation of the Morning Boat - an arts organisation dedicated to collaborative social research and action. More info here:
And of course more photos available via Fairland Collective..
2020 is over! It's gone!
Exciting things are in the pipeline for 2021.. with Fairland Collective, I will be making a meal of long foooooods for OD Festival in Somerset in late spring - expect the endless noodle, the stretched-out baguette, strings of edible things, and more, all served in a bespoke collection of ceramics made by local school children, based on ancient Japanese Jōmon pottery. (Jōmon means rope-patterned).
With Francesca Ulivi, I will be working on Scrematura Atlas - a project co-founded with Carlotta Novella of Public Works, London. Scrematura Atlas is envisaged as an open-source index of food-related and food-engaged projects, practices, collectives and communities. Bringing together a number of projects developed in the fields of art, design, anthropology, architecture and the everyday, the Atlas aims to become an empowering resource for the Food Commons. Francesca and Carlotta see this archive functioning as a shared curatorial research platform: an open access tool which collates and connects radical practices whose work lies in-between landscape, city and mouth.
I am delighted to be in receipt of Arts Council funding for 2021, which will allow me to begin a seed project (really! it's about seeds!) under the expert mentorship of Deirdre O'Mahony. It will explore connections, ideas of community, and international collaborations and sharing in our brave new world - and I look forward to seeing how it develops and grows :) Updates to follow from spring onwards..
More news to follow in 2021! Wishing everyone a very happy and joyful New Year!
2021 plans and news