Colonisation, migration, growth, flourish; themes which often present questions for multi-disciplinary artist Tina Pasotra. Who is afforded the opportunity to flourish and grow, in a hostile environment in which systems of oppression and coloniality are tirelessly upheld?
Visiting the National Botanic Garden of Wales to explore its botanical practices will inform ideas around growth and experimentation. Joining Tina will be Katie Smyth, one of the founders of Worm – a design studio working with flowers and plants for conceptual projects. Tina will also consult historians with expertise on India and the British Raj, who will provide context for colonial history, past and present.
The project will culminate in experimental plant-based installations with Worm, inspired by the process and findings of the development lab.
Kama is a Mid-Wales-based storyteller, theatre-maker and arts manager who initiates a range of arts projects with and for rural communities. For this Professional Development Lab she is working with Andrew Sterry, a collaborative theatre-maker from Mid-Wales, who creates work in a range of spaces, from care homes and day centres to community settings and theatres.
Common Ground explores these artists’ shared curiosity for making work in rural landscapes and collaborating with the communities that inhabit them – more specifically, the spaces we call “commons.” The common land. What is it to feel part of these spaces?
Common Ground will involve seeing work, attending symposiums and workshops and being mentored by artists who might help support their journey. Thinking about what logistically goes into making outdoor work, meeting with professionals who produce landscape theatre and collaborating with a diverse array of organisations, the idea is to build foundations for creative “strategies” and get inspired by some brilliant people, projects and ideas.
Dewis y Distaw / Choosing the Silence
Choosing the Silence explores themes of social isolation by electing to follow in the footsteps of St Dwynwen and spending time on Llanddwyn Island, Anglesey, away from the familiarity of day-to-day life.
Legend has it that St Dwynwen exiled herself to Llanddwyn to escape patriarchal control. Many women today report experiences of isolation, whether as a result of feeling disconnected from their immediate communities, physical distance from their families, illness, or social-media-induced fear of missing out. The project will be an exploration of one central question – how can selected isolation be a rebellion?
Samantha O’Rourke will be collaborating with fellow writers Alison Powell and Emily Vanderploeg.