Verdant Creativities: Urban Gardening & Sensuous Place-Making in West Yorkshire
The eighth talk in the Leeds Cultural Conversations 2016/17 series.
Presented by Dr Zoë Tew-Thompson and Dr Lynne Hibberd.
Focusing on case studies of urban gardening in West Yorkshire, this talk explores how gardening communities participate in practices of place-making through acts of verdant creativity: planning, planting, and growing. Examining practices of urban gardening in allotments and community owned spaces, we interrogate the temporal and spatial transformations of place and trace in the shifting terrain of northern identities and communities. By focusing attention on every-day, small-scale creativity we turn away from the grand projects of urban redevelopment that have characterised the previous decade in northern British post-industrial cities. How do individuals transform the spaces they inhabit and encounter on a daily basis?
The talk was filmed by Tomaso Aramini, a student from the Northern Film School.
This event is part of the Leeds Cultural Conversations series, presented by Leeds Beckett University and Leeds City Council. Leeds Cultural Conversations are a series of monthly talks programmed by the Centre for Culture & the Arts at Leeds Beckett University. For more information on the series please visit www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/LCC.