Taigh Chearsabhagh, Gallery 2
21 An t-Sultain | September – 26 An Dàmhair | October
Opening Community Meal
20 An t-Sultain | September, 7:30 pm, Gallery 2
Bring your own small dish of food to share as part of a potluck supper
Laura Donkers, is completing a Practice-led PhD at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, University of Dundee. She is an interdisciplinary artist conducting place-based research that responds to the environment and the communities who dwell there. She undertakes research and practice by acting in spaces of the everyday, negotiating the personal, social and political realm of the individual and the collective — in place. From this situated position, her slow method of understanding people, place and environment intersects with environmental attitudes, activism and policy to create poietic insights on nature, culture and ethics.
From 2015-2018, she was project leader in a series of Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund projects administered by local organisations Tagsa Uibhist and Cothrom Ltd, of which the Grow Your Own Community polycrubs, presented here in this exhibition, were a key part.
I want to explore the collective wisdom that is held within the community, which encompasses a specific set of knowledges accumulated through lived experience, as well as intergenerational and inherited knowledges developed through the microcosm of geographically defined and contained communities. Through my research activities I have been able to show that this wisdom can be used as a method for reengaging human awareness of ecological changes that threaten current and future populations. When used together with an artistic, co-creative approach, it can begin to bring local people, community organisations and national partners together into an open learning environment that acknowledges and addresses some areas of specific collective value. This combined approach involves understanding mutuality, like-mindedness, or kinship, through a visual register concerned with environment, human interactions and social context, acting in spaces of the everyday, negotiating the personal, social and political realm of the individual and the collective. This co-creative practice involves developing an interpretive and participatory position within the community, contributing to eco-social actions, designing creative spaces for engagement, and creating interactive multi-media artworks that record and express the embodied knowledge of that community.