Using a praxis of cultural programming underpinned by a performative approach, I develop artistic eco-social engagements with communities by deploying their own embodied, practical knowledges. Eco-mindfulness projects co-create sustainable, meaningful futures that convey mutuality, like-mindedness and kinship to reconnect the environment and humans in a social context that transforms the public's perception of ecology.
Machair Art 2011-13
Machair Art 2011-13 was a cultural programme to revitalise island youths' engagement with crofting. Co-designed and co-led by artists, Laura Donkers and Olwen Shone, Machair Art delivered the community engagement aspect of Conserving Scottish Machair LIFE+ Project.
Machair Art delivered a thoughtful and physical investigation of the crofting way of life and the unique machair environment, as a method to encourage more young people to engage with crofting (the traditional form of agricultural land tenure particular to the Scottish Highlands and Islands), meet the people who worked on the land, and connect with the ecological importance of the machair.
It was designed, in two iterations, as four-day seasonal engagement workshops with groups of self-nominated island youths to expand their knowledge of local crofting life and explore the working landscape through multiple art-based perspectives, increasing possibilities for their future lives as land stewards, contractors, or scientists.