Care & Citizenship
Credit: Transition Town
The strength of community-led response and activism in relation to COVID-19 and Black Lives Matter has led DLWP to ask how it can better support this work. Beginning in Spring 2021, the De La Warr Pavilion are holding a lively series of events that will connect people, groups and places, encouraging learning and knowledge sharing between organisations and publics.
Each event has been co-devised with organisations, artists and individuals committed to creating social change. These include Transition Town Hastings, The Buddy Project: Hastings, Rother and Wealden as well as actor, writer and artist Anna-Maria Nabirye and artist Amy Cunningham amongst others. Examining varied approaches to care and active citizenship, these online talks, workshops and events invite us to find new ways to act with care in our own lives, collaborating with those around us to create a more equitable society.
Citizens are designers: In search of our common food
How can we re-imagine our relationship to growing and the land, live more sustainably, and nurture a more caring culture? Transition Town Hastings are part of a global network of citizens working within their communities to address global challenges by starting local. They believe that it’s possible to learn from one another and crowd-source solutions, focusing on supporting each other better whilst caring for the world.
As part of Care and Citizenship, Sarah Macbeth and Anna Locke from Transition Town Hastings have been working on a shareable resource to support people to be designers of local, place-based community action. They will guide us through how to use this resource, piloted in Bexhill, by trying out and developing some urban foraging sites.
Sarah will lead walks (online), inviting us to collectively find and establish space in their neighbourhood to grow food for potential foraging in the future. The walks will include discussions about the value of space for caring.
Anna will be facilitating a short workshop (online) that will explore how to design and choose forager friendly plants that will thrive in their selected spot and come up with a plan for getting it started.
Is a gardener, permaculture designer & facilitator, small farmer and long-time Transition Towns enthusiast. She focusses her energy on helping gardeners increase biodiversity and grow edible ecosystems, creating longer-term food legacies in gardens and communities, that are part of a stronger, more vibrant and resilient local food network. She teaches short online courses in gardening and permaculture (www.permacultureonline.co.uk) and her new book – about growing and gathering food on our doorsteps – is called, ‘The Forager’s Garden, Permanent Publications, March 21.
Is a socially responsible designer, researcher and community activist. She works in the emerging area of ‘designer as a facilitator’, alongside citizen-designers and their visions for a sustainable future. In 2015, Sarah co-founded Transition Town Hastings as a platform for the local community to collaboratively experiment with low carbon solutions. She is interested in how democratic, local activism has the potential as a vehicle for understanding what it means to be a citizen and to participate.
Care and Citizenship is part of AHRC funded DigiPiCH Civic Museums Project: Using Digital Technology to enhance Wellbeing in Civic Museums. Partners of the project are De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea, The Royal Pavilion and Museums Brighton and Hove and The Peale Center for Baltimore History and Architecture, Baltimore.