‘The Common’

A place of cultural trading and connectivity, linking nine artists & socially deprived communities in the North East, Midlands & South East through gardening, growing and food.

workshop group in a forest setting
Apple Day at Fartown Forest Garden. Photo by Andrew Wilson, Same Skies Think Tank – sameskiesthinktank.com

‘The Common’ is a place-based artist commission programme. Linking people in Culture Declares Emergency (CDE) Hubs across England & extending community engagement practices. With gardening and food artist-led coproduction workshops, social & climate justice community-engaged exhibitions & events.

This is a CDE artist-led project. A place of cultural trading and connectivity, linking nine artists & socially deprived communities in the North East, Midlands & South East. CDE will commission locally based lead artists to mentor early-career local artists to co-produce artwork with families and young people in disadvantaged communities. We will co-create food, gardening, and sharing exhibitions and events. Amplifying young people’s voices, linking the urban, rural, and different ethnic communities in the North, Midlands & South with our regional CDE hubs in Kirklees, Durham, Coventry and Hastings.

A grassroots process-based creative project to bring people together to share different perspectives of good community engagement practice, and ecological and carbon literacy.

CDE has committed to eliminating all forms of oppression from all aspects of our work. We value the diversity of all lived experiences & cultural perspectives. We recognise that our strategies and actions must draw on the wisdom of everyone.

‘The Common’ will creatively explore how our cultural distinctiveness is a power that brings us together when seen through the lens of nature and food. It connects with the most socially deprived areas in the four areas that are within the lowest 10% and 20% of communities according to the English indices of deprivation 2019 in our regional hubs Kirklees, Coventry, Hastings Durham and Teesside, that have been culturally under-served. To creatively explore how access to growing and eating healthy food contributes to climate justice locally and globally, across a range of backgrounds & perspectives in England.

The project will enable people to explore how creative practice can help reconnect people back to the land and often hidden cultural, ecological, and ethnobotanical knowledge of food growing medical and herb plants. And their cultural references from Eastern European, South Asian, Black and British white folklore. Young people and families in each hub will connect & across all four hubs.

‘The Common’ will enable CDE to diversify further through participatory-focused community building via the local Hub structure and bringing more diverse voices into the ecological and climate conversations from the powerbase of their cultural heritage. Leading to exhibitions and events across the hubs, finishing with events and installations curated by communities at Change Festival in Warwick Art Centre.

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