Creative mapping project seeks participants
In-Common Sites is a participatory creative research project that explores the social, cultural, ecological and future value of four urban commons: The Downs, Bristol; Mousehold Heath, Norwich; Town Moor, Newcastle upon Tyne and Valley Gardens, Brighton.
Yesterday, its artist-researchers have sent out this call:
‘The project needs help to chart on the ground experiences of these urban commons: their traditions, unique habitats, use and potential futures. The artist-researchers on the project have designed a series of creative and playful tasks to guide your/our commons exploration. They invite you/us to share the findings and artworks made as part of these tasks to their email address and social media platforms. The images, stories, observations and digital recordings received will be curated into a set of common field guides for exhibition online and in a festival of the commons.
If you visit or live close to one of our urban common field sites and would like to find out more about this creative mapping project, please get in touch.’
In-Common Sites is part of the 3-year ongoing research project Wastes and Strays: The Past, Present and Future of English Urban Commons carried out by the universities of Newcastle, Portsmouth, Exeter and Sheffield in collaboration with Natural England, the National Trust
and Open Spaces England. It was launched in 2019 at the University of Brighton by our (former) colleague Alessandro Zambelli (now University of Portsmouth).
We observe the project with great interest because of the similarities (and differences) between urban commons and Continuous Productive Urban Landscapes as well as because of Katrin’s long-standing interest in Valley Gardens, Brighton, captured in her 2005 multimedia work Desireline with Lilo.
For more information on Wastes and Strays see here.
Image: Valley Gardens in Brighton (site plan to the left) is one of four urban commons explored in this research project. (source: Alessandro Zambelli 2019)