I was very grateful to have funding from Arts Council England in the first part of 2023 for BELOW GROUND, working with wonderful collaborators in the arts as well as specialists in subterranean disciplines. We ran a series of ‘sonic gardening’ workshops in collaboration with partners MUD (Manchester Urban Diggers), where ideas coming from our collaborative work became interactive activities for primary-age children and curious adults. Thanks to everyone who came to a performance, joined in with the workshop activities, or watched our film. I am planning further iterations of BELOW GROUND in 2023-24, so please watch this space!
The video that we made of our large-group performance in April is available on YouTube. Please have a look and let us know what you think! This was the result of eight artists working with four subterranean specialists over a period of two months with a focus on fast-paced collaborative making.
BELOW GROUND is a collaborative interdisciplinary project bringing people together to explore ideas of the subterranean. Artists across disciplines meet geographers, ecologists and horticulturalists and create multimedia, multisensory performances and sonic gardening workshops in the community.