Beneath the Pavement, a garden: local food meets art in Loughborough in late May

Read on for news of what sounds like a fascinating event in happening in Loughborough in May…

Workshop: Thu 27 – Sat 29 May 2010, 11am-4pm
Loughborough University

Lunch, consisting of locally sourced organic produce, will be provided.

A call for participation

Do you enjoy or have an interest in gardening? Are you interested in how food is produced and its relationship to politics and issues of sustainability? Would you like to explore and share your thoughts and ideas with other like-minded people?

Launching Beneath the Pavement this unique 3 day workshop will bring together a diverse range of artists, scientists, planners and environmentalists to take you on a creative, thought provoking and physically active investigation into issues around the local and global food economy.

Conceived and co-ordinated by Amy Franceschini and Myriel Milicevic, who are part of internationally renowned artists’ collective Future Farmers, participants in this workshop will have the opportunity to transform a plot of land on the Loughborough University campus into an edible landscape which reflects social and political systems.

Over the 3 days participants will have the opportunity to take part in a variety of discussions, debates and design sessions, hear from a number of invited speakers, and finally to turn their ideas and designs into reality.

On the first day there will be a tour of local food producers and distribution networks, and meetings with key politicians and environmentalists.  On the second day there will be a number of workshops and presentations by academics and campaigners whose work is centred around creating or advocating for a more sustainable future.  The final day will be taken up with deciding how the piece of land will be cultivated, and will include elements of garden design, mapping the layout and content of the space.

To get the most from the experience it is recommended participants commit to attending the 3 days.  However, if you are interested in the project and can’t make all the days, it is still possible to attend just one or two of the days.

There are a very limited number of places so booking is essential.  Please email or call 01509 222 881 to book your place.
Amy Franceschini (USA) and Myriel Milicevic (Germany) have been working together since 2004. They are drawn together under an common interest in how humans interact with the environment around them. They often use highly interactive workshop environments to play out scenarios of social and political significance.

Beneath the Pavement is the first project in a season of work commissioned by Radar as part of their Foodshed programme, which runs from May until November 2010.  Radar is the University’s contemporary arts programme, hosting three seasons of work each year.  Each season of commissions, talks, films and events is inspired by a particular area of research or inquiry being investigated by artists and academics, with events taking place in a range of venues and locations across the campus and local area.

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