Its my third week in the space in Priory meadow Shopping Centre with lots of community participation and our growing exhibition from artists, gardeners, workshops, and survey on ocean pollution. With a newly formed second Hastings Cliff beach clean event taking place this Thursday 19th August 2pm . The conversations with the community have been really important, now with the recent sewage dump by southern water; some residents haven’t been in the water for many years worried about the spillages and ocean pollution.
There are many questions of the collective problem of sewage spillages, and climate change, which have been taking place across the south east, Kent, West Sussex and here in East Sussex, affecting not only communities, tourism, but marine life; these collective actions, litter picks, surveys, will identify not only the plastic pollution and debris, but gather information on kelp. Is it growing here? – and is there an abundance of native seaweed in this conservation area.
Residency opening times:
Tuesdays to Saturdays: 12 to 4pm Priory meadow Shopping Centre
(In the old grape tree shop opposite vodaphone) ends September 3rd 2021https://www.facebook.com/events/1005903316890267
Landslide of Land and Sea, connects to the shorelines, edge lands, ecological landscape, on the coastal region of the Hastings Cliffs to Pett Level, walks made during lockdown to the present day . Assessing the venerabilities of our landscape, walking journeys, surveys over black rocks and boulders with evident coastal erosion and plant loss. This area is a site of special scientific Interest and a special area of conservation, these areas are so designated because they include nationally important habitats and rare scarce insects and plants. Our landscapes are dynamic and transforming but climate change is affecting and impacting these coastal areas on land and sea.
How are these areas being affected? and how can cultural organisations, communities envision a caring future within these historical communal places where identities are bound in the natural landscape.
Research: Landslide events tied to extreme weather and climate change have increased in recent years , landslides in cold areas are becoming a hot issue in landslide research.
Living on the Sussex Coastline I have experienced coastal changes, erosion, rockfall, boulders the size of cars falling along this changing coastal landscape. Returning here in 2020- 21 there are more of these boulders, evidence of tree fall, loss of plants, continuous erosion along this area of outstanding beauty. Climate change affects the rise of sea levels with the production of bigger waves incoming onto the rocks; edge lands of an important landscape for wildlife, birds, fish, plankton and mammals.
After a site visit to a newly constructed Garden City in Swanscombe and Dartford;
I began to see a place rich in history and nature. I’ve been selected to submit a creative proposal for ‘Phase 1’ on the waterfront connecting a community to an area on the waters edge. This piece is of a mixture of alternative printing techniques works I made in response to connecting a community to nature. They could be seen as temporary works installed by the waters edge, details on wildflowers and flora significant to wildlife, nature and a community.
Spring is making an appearance some of us have been germinating seeds thinking about nature. I’ve teamed up with Anna Locke from Ore in Bloom and Ore Community Land Trust where I manage the community garden in Speckled Wood. We are offering ‘free’ gardening mini courses with; vegetable growing, pruning fruit trees, growing pollinator flowers and much more with our weekly video’s coming soon.
Please register on this link below.
We are looking forward to the planting season to share our developments of growing in our community garden in Speckled Wood.
Supported by The National Lottery Community Fund
My practice has been changing as lock down progressed I was thinking and using more sustainable ways to practice and process ideas. This is continuing as I spend more time as a community gardner, planting seeds for nature and making new work.
We’ve been in our vacant space in Priory Meadow Shopping Centre during August 2020 its been brilliant to collaborate and connect with other local artists during this time on our project a Vision of Nature many of us have been growing seeds germinating to grow for wildlife and food we’ve become a community of gardner’s, self sufficient this time raises so many questions on our future. We are all affected by Covid-19 and the transformations to our cultural landscape.
Making artworks has been holistic out in the garden a green space vital in this time for us and for wildlife maybe we all will be thinking of a better environment to bring communities together and learn from this time.
I began to view my space around me what was I seeing in lock down?
I self isolated early with symptoms, wanting to keep well for my kids, staying well has been so important. Restricted to views from the windows inside, outside. Having a garden has been helpful and reconnecting, the growing of seeds, the process of creating has been completely different.
I began to draw shapes, geometric forms, and photographed daily, images in my world, inner outer responses.
The process of developing these structures – I have quite a few images, the connections of each and how I can find those reconnection of these images I see them either as an installation- but lets step away from the outcomes and pull back a bit as its not about this yet –
I’m still in the process …
A self help journal getting through this time of lock down, self distancing, confinement, usually I would be making journeys to create write make new work. I like to be completely free in my working day but feel almost claustrophobic at times. Signs, signals, shapes become barriers an in between land is exposed. With these views confined to my home my nest.