11th December 2023
We’re delighted to announce that we have received Research and Development funding via Project Grants from Arts Council England to develop our current Common Lands programme (2023-2025). Thanks to Arts Council England, alongside match funding from the UK Government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund via Hereford Council, November 2023 will see A&H start R&D on a strand of new projects collaborating with local communities and artists from across the UK in settings that include wildlife reserves, parks and rural coastal communities.
Common Lands uses as its inspiration the stories of people, place and collective action, inspired by histories of access to land, land ownership and the duty of care for nature. At its heart is large and small scale activism and relationships which value and support environmental quality, inclusivity, community well-being, and biodiversity. We want to bring to light progressive historic environmental movements; radicals from the past who inform the present and inspire new futures, and acknowledge and champion voices traditionally excluded from narratives of land access and ownership.
Current Common Lands Partner Projects include Turner Prize winner Luke Fowler, working with young people on a new film exploring nature and artifice at Ilam Hall with YHA and National Trust Ilam Hall and a human chorus of climate grief based on the songs of UK birds facing decline with British Art Show 9 artist Hanna Tuulikki. Look out for more news on Common Lands in 2024 and keep sending us suggested texts for our Common Lands reading list by email or message us on social media. We will then add it to our list on Bookshop.org.