We held our breath
We are at a tipping point in our response to the climate emergency. Many of the issues concerning climate change are connected to our pace of life, culture of mass production and excessive mobility. Yet, our time in quarantine has given a brief reprieve to the environment, and raised valuable questions regarding our treatment of the planet. This presents an opportunity to step back, rethink and adapt, and our public spaces - both physical and virtual - are the forums in which dialogue is made visible and change can take root. How can we re-imagine our urban spaces so that they are better able to support and reflect sustainable ways of living?
The Creative Space residencies were created to support artists based in the North East of England given the current precarity of funds available for practitioners in these uncertain times and to foster solidarity in our region. They are to provide time to develop a new area of practice or simply to provide an opportunity for making, thinking or reflecting.
I will be spending the time afforded by my residency to develop new research and spend time engaging in network events for Culture Declares Emergency: a growing global community of individuals in arts and culture declaring a climate and ecological emergency; using the headspace afforded to do some deep thinking to kick-start the research process and sustain my practice over the lockdown period.
Congratulations to the other selected artists and collectives: Holly Argent / Art Matters Now / Claire A Baker & Nicola Golightly / Saud Baloch / Bobby Benjamin / Alex Charrington / Joanne Coates / Colin Davies / Grace Denton / Kathryn Elkin / AJ Garrett / Helen Jane Gaunt / gobscure / Laura Harrington / Alan Hathaway / Emily Hesse / Alice Highet / Beth J Ross / Jillian Johnston / Harley Kuyck-Cohen / Rachel Lancaster / Nicola Maxwell / Kitty McKay and Archie Smith / Joe Shaw / Slop / Ayako Tani / Christo Wallers / Michaela Wetherell / Matt Whitfield / Adam Wilson Holmes!