Peer-to-Peer Mentoring programme


These sessions provide a supported journey for those producing Cultural Assemblies and those who simply want to know more.

Each session will explore the session’s theme, respond to live challenges and provide time for the peer-to-peer support process. 


Sessions will take place more or less monthly on Mondays, between 6.30 pm and 8.30 pm (BST) and, where possible, will be recorded and made available online.


Monday 17th April – Introduction to assemblies and who we are? What is the climate emergency, and what does it mean to me?

Monday 15th May – How to understand your place – opening out – how to find allies, democratise and make connections 

Monday 19th June – Creating an Assembly question/ provocation relevant to your community  and creative facilitation approaches 

Monday 10th July – Gathering and considering the responses to your provocation

Monday 11th September –  What next?

Register for the programme here

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

The sessions will be hosted by Ruth Ben-Tovin

Ruth is a cross-disciplinary artist, educator, process designer and community facilitator. She specialises in participation and ‘The Art of Invitation’. From 1990 – 2000 she worked in London as Artistic Director of Louder than Words theatre, working with the Young Vic Theatre, Soho Theatre, New Playwrights Trust and Battersea Arts Centre 1990 – 2000, making new work that combined new writing and live art. From 2004 – 2020 ( in Sheffield and then Devon), she was the Creative Director of Encounters Arts, creating social and ecologically driven collaborative projects and public interventions across the UK that brought people together across different backgrounds, sectors, ages and cultures to look to the past, acknowledge the present and vision for the future. Ruth held local and national roles in the early stages of Extinction Rebellion. She was one of the founders of the Culture Declares Emergency movement, co-facilitating the first CDE Cultural Assembly at the Roundhouse in 2019. She is currently one of the co-directors of Walking Forest, a ten-year international art project combining women, trees and activism. She is working with climate lawyer and activist Farhana Yamin, delivering Cultural Assemblies as part of the International Culture COP.

procession of women carry a tree
Walking Forest, Coventry City of Culture, 2021. Photo by Maria Raluca.

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