About Working with Gold

Working with Gold is a programme of public art in its broadest sense… so you may find yourself asking “Is this art?” but please bear with me!

My overall vision is to nurture a sense of place among residents and workers in St Loyes, and to build community. Then within this, my objectives are to: produce engaging art in St Loyes; engage and be led by the people of St Loyes; increase access to experiencing and making art; engage with nature and environment; connect the residents, businesses and public sector organisations in St Loyes; and HAVE FUN!

I’m linked to Digby Community Association, which works in one of the neighbourhoods within St Loyes. As of January 2018 there are plans within the next couple of months to appoint a new Community Builder, and the hope is we can support each other’s work.

What will Working with Gold actually be?

The actual programme content is still to be determined. In the meantime, I’ve started an ongoing activity FALAFELS, which is about dropping small pieces of artwork in St Loyes for people find, take away, and enjoy. Please get involved!

I’m also publishing some nuggets of gold – the history, geography, and mythology of St Loyes – on this website, and it would be wonderful to hear your stories too. I’ll also be playing around a bit on social media.

I have plenty of ideas for producing a series of ongoing regular activities, community events and projects, and my own art work; and (funds-permitting) commissioning other artists.

Would you be interested in any of the following? Please let me know and do pass on any of your own ideas… and keep your eyes peeled for announcements.

SLAAAM St Loyes Anyone’s An Artist Meet-up : Informal get-togethers for a drink and discussion, to celebrate and support everyone’s creativity

SLURP St Loyes Random Picnics : Bring and share picnics in green pockets and unusual locations, eg the tree circle at the M5 services, the centre of Middlemoor roundabout, your local green, or even the part of Ludwell Valley Park that falls within St Loyes

SLANT St Loyes Arts n Times : A newspaper for the people of St Loyes to share stories of community and place

Visual art competition : To encourage people of all ages to be aware of and respond to St Loyes, including workshops on eg place-based art, street art or photography, and an exhibition of the artwork

Writing competition : Again, to encourage people of all ages to be aware of and respond to St Loyes, with different themes and categories of eg horrible histories or poetry, with publication in SLANT and possibly production of a community book

Heraldry Day : A fun day for all, held around Heraldry Way in the streets named for royalty, maybe including fancy-dress jousting, a medieval fair and food, a troubadour group and procession, mediaeval crafts

…and then there could be bird-watching in Sowton where the roads are named for birds; an apple festival where the roads are named for apples; a beating the bounds expedition; foraging and/or growing food, cooking and sharing the results, and producing a beautiful recipe book; and so on and so on.

Acknowledgements

I’m really grateful to Exeter City Council for their financial support. Working with Gold has received a Grass Roots Grant from the neighbourhood portion of the Community Infrastructure Levy managed by the Exeter Community Forum.

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