PCEP Forum 5: Working Creatively in Green and Blue spaces

What Went On?

We started 2023 with a forum event exploring and learning about how creative projects that connecting with green and blue spaces in Plymouth are having an impact on participants, practitioners, researchers, artists and organisations.

Our Speakers Included:

Take A PartProducers Rhys Morgan and Shelley Hodgson joined us to share the long term, embedded work that they are delivering in Coxside and the East End via their ‘Happier Blue Spaces’ project which has been exploring and creatively responding to green and blue spaces with members of the Coxside community and the East End of Plymouth.  They also reflected on a recent collaborative project between their schools work and the National Marine Park which saw them utilising the local beach as a creative catalyst.  We also heard about upcoming sister project ‘Happier Green Spaces’ You can check out the presentation Rhys and Shelley shared here.

Conscious Sisters: Fiona Evans of Conscious Sisters shared with us their most recent project ‘The Gathering’ which is bringing together people living in neighbourhoods that border the water with one from the suburbs.  Working with environmental, creative and heritage experts they are exploring relationships to the ocean and developing ideas for a brand new creative community event.  Taking a deep dive into some key parts of The Gathering Fiona shared some exciting pieces of work and also offered up methodologies and approaches to undertaking this kind of project.  You can see Fiona’s presentation here.

Dr Eva McGrath: Artist and researcher Dr Eva McGrath joined us to share a plethora of creative approaches to research projects situated in blue and green spaces.  Looking at themes such as ferries, mapping, outdoor education, emotion and swimming; her work uses creative methods to encourage engagement and reflection in green and blue spaces and this came across in the examples she shared with us.  Eva’s presentation can be viewed here. Eva also has an exhibition linked to her most recent body of work taking place later in May.  You can view the details of this here.

And we were rounded off  by a presentation by-

Sea-ing Differently: Dr Kayla Parker joined us, alongside with Dr Marie Lavelle, Dr Karen Wickett and teacher Tracy Bulgin, to share project ‘Sea-ing Differently’, which they have been working on with children and staff at Riverside School in Barne Barton. The voices of the children very much lead proceedings and the team shared their thoughts and insights into the project.  They have also worked with the film-maker Stuart Moore to co-create a 360 degree film about how the children ’see the sea’ and shared a short extract of this with us.  Their presentation can be seen here

The hosts:
The event was hosted by Plymouth Cultural Education Partnership (PCEP) a strategic collaboration between cultural, educational, community and youth organisations across the city.  PCEP seeks to address inequality in Plymouth by ensuring all children and young people have access to a high quality arts and cultural education offer that responds to their needs.  The PCEP Strategic Objectives are to improve quantity, quality and access to cultural education for children and young people.