Earth Writing

a shiny russet coloured clump of fungi sits within ground covered in brown leaves. Overlaid on the photo are white dashed lines, that look like map outlines.

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How do words and sounds help us make sense of the environments surrounding us? What figures of speech are necessary in order to deeply connect with soils, plants, trees etc? 

Inspired by Astrida Neimanis’ notion of ‘weather writing’, this afternoon of active listening, writing and thinking will be facilitated by artist Rachel Pimm and researcher and gardener Maymana Arefin. They will invite participants to explore intersectional approaches to ecology and language and to tune in to the evolving components of the Common Ground garden. 
This event is produced as part of artist led inquiry Mixed Metaphors by Rachel Pimm, part of  Arts Catalyst's Emergent Ecologies programme.  
Tickets are free but please reserve a place to help us manage capacity. If you can no longer make it, please request a refund so your place can be reallocated. 
Donation tickets help support Arts Catalyst's public programme of free events for South Yorkshire communities.
ACCESS: The workshop takes place outdoors, but the meet point is Common Ground which has level access and a disabled toilet. The toilet is available for use throughout the session. Regular bus services are in place along Abbeydale Road. 
EXTRAS: We advise wearing suitable warm, waterproof clothing that will keep you warm for the duration of the workshop.
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We are taking extra precautions to manage the risk of COVID-19.
We ask everyone attending this event to wear a mask indoors unless exempt. We are limiting capacity to enable social distancing and hand sanitiser is provided. If attending, please take a Lateral Flow Test on the day of the event. 
Please note: If you have any symptoms of COVID-19 such as sore throat, continuous headache, dry cough, runny nose, loss of taste of smell, or high temperature, or have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, please do not attend. We want to keep everyone as safe as possible. Thank you for your understanding. 
About the Artists
Rachel Pimm is a research based artist working in sculpture, text, photography and video and to explore environments and their materialities, histories and politics.
They are interested in the potential of surfaces and matter to transform. Their recent UK based work has been included in programmes including Artangel, Focal Point and The Serpentine Galleries. Residencies include Loughborough University Chemical Engineering, Gurdon Institute of Genetics at Cambridge University, and Whitechapel Gallery Writer in Residence 2019-20. Rachel is Associate Lecturer at Camberwell School of Art.
Maymana Arefin (she/they) is a community gardener, multimedia artist and spoken word poet based in south London. Their work connects the mycelial threads between the mind/body, re-imagining an unjust world and the politics of hope. In 2020, Maymana founded @fungi.futures, a space to map radical alternative futures guided by their love for our fungal ancestors. Maymana was awarded the Best Dissertation Prize at UCL for her MSc research on how mycorrhizal networks can be used as a metaphor for mutual aid. She is strongly committed to justice - in all of its forms - and believes that the starting point in order to realise this, is to prioritise care.