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Geography and Environmental Science

Research project: Foodscapes - Dormant - Dormant

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An AHRC Connected Communities Project

FOODSCAPES was an AHRC Connected Communities project (2013) that explored the use of art as a way of opening up discussion about food. Participants in the project included Knowle West Media Centre; The Matthew Tree Project (TMTP); the Edible Landscapes Movement (ELM); Michael Buser (UWE Bristol); Emma Roe (University of Southampton); Liz Dinnie (The James Hutton Institute) and Paul Hurley (artist-in-residence). Together, we explored how arts intervention and cultural engagement can help address food, food poverty, and sustainable communities. The key outcomes were - Enacting ecological citizenship: participants were invited to respond not as ethical consumers but as ecological citizens. Material and performative engagement: The exhibition brought together experiences, materiality and aesthetics of our diverse project partners into a performative and multisensory space. Exhibition space as temporary autonomous zone: The event facilitated experiences that challenged assumptions about the daily practice of (food) consumption.

Associated research themes

Foodscapes website

Related research groups

Economy, Society and Governance
A volunteer with [community partner 1] stocking shelves in the foodstore.
A volunteer
Exhibition visitors kneading dough and baking bread.
Exhibition visitors kneading dough
visitors at the exhibition’s summer solstice event
Planting exposition and workshop
Planting exposition and workshop held during the exhibition.
Planting exposition and workshop
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