Grow Efford + Shed on Wheels - ongoing
I was commissioned by Plymouth Art Centre and the Heart of Efford Community Partnership in 2009 to create work in Efford around local food and local environment. I created Grow Efford to provide new opportunities to experience and learn about the green spaces in Efford and to grow, eat, cook and forage food together. The project takes many forms and includes community meals (for up to 300), juicing, harvesting trips, chutney and jam making and selling produce, blossom quests, foraging walks, planting a dispersed orchard in people's gardens, screen printing, creating an edible library garden and a community allotment. I also developed the Efford Apple Sock, an urban harvesting tool, which was commissioned by Plymouth City Art Gallery & Museum and Craftspace as a spin off from the Slow Craft touring exhibition. I work closely with grower Tess Wilmot on many aspects of this project.
In 2012 I initiated the Shed on Wheels (S.O.W.) project as part of Grow Efford. S.O.W. is a mobile unit designed as a meeting place, eating place, a site of creative interaction, exchange, sharing and discussion. Belle Benfield and Rufus Maurice were selected to make S.O.W and I invited Ruth Ben-Tovim to work with me on project design. Community members in Efford generated design ideas and helped with the build. S.O.W is a modified electric milk float made from mostly recycled and reclaimed materials. S.O.W. has hosted events at green spaces and parks across Plymouth including the City Centre, Barne Barton, Whitleigh and Efford. The work of Grow Efford and S.O.W. were exhibited at Plymouth Art Centre in Nov-Jan 2013. Grow Efford and S.O.W are part of Take A Part, an arts project for Plymouth communities.