Weaving Kin: Practices of Belonging with Amy Clarkson & Lucy O’Hagan – as part of the Encampment of Eternal Hope by Walker & Bromwich.
A co-creative gathering to learn & share practices of ancestral skills, multispecies kinship & explorations of mutual belonging
Gathering together, we’ll invite attention to what it means to each of us to belong to these turbulent times. Through contemplative exercises that invite both individual reflection and shared response, we’ll grow towards the collective action of weaving a net from post-consumer waste and natural fibres.
What can the ancient skill of communal net making teach us today, in times of ocean scarcity, late-oil capitalism and an ever greater need for multispecies awareness? In a ceremony unique to the moment and agency of all who participate, we ask how the net might be inverted to support life-nourishing modes of being, and engender new practices of belonging.
About The Encampment of Eternal Hope:
Climate House presents The Encampment of Eternal Hope by Walker & Bromwich – coming to The Briggait, Glasgow, for the international climate summit, COP26, 31st October – 10th November. The Encampment is an immersive environment, forming a central hub for creative fringe activities throughout COP26. Amplifying Indigenous voices through workshops and events that bring together artists, academics and activists from Scotland, Colombia and across the world. You are warmly invited to come and engage in meaningful dialogue about the effects of the climate crisis within a playful, dystopian woodland encampment of giant inflatable sculptures.
Amy Clarkson is a creative ecology practitioner, working between the realms of rewilding and writing through practice-based research. Facilitating group experiences, including rites-of-passage and family wild camps, she values learning from the land through hands-on experiences of foraging, forest gardening, forest school and community woodlands.
Amy is completing Creative Writing DFA at University of Glasgow where her practice-research explores creative interpretations of the rewilding principles. Relating to a particular place of residency in NW Highlands, her research spins wild webs between cultural heritage, ecological restoration and possible futures.
Lucy is the founder and director of Wild Awake, an organisation which seeks to rekindle cultural and ecological resilience. As part of Wild Awake, Lucy also founded Dublin’s first independent Forest School in 2015, ‘Phoenix Forest School’ which aims to provide meaningful experiences for people of all ages in nature.
Lucy has been working with groups for over ten years and is passionate about supporting individuals to recognise their innate gifts and true belonging with the land. Over the past 2 years, Lucy has been deepening their understanding of Rites of Passage and Vision Fast work by training with organisations such as Youth Passageways and Rites of Passage Journeys. Lucy’s love for ancestral skills and wisdom helps her to reweave these frameworks into the fabric of the Irish cultural and ecological landscape.
Lucy is a passionate rewilder, wildlife tracker, ethnobotanist and cave lover.
Walker & Bromwich:
Glasgow based collaborative duo Zoe Walker and Neil Bromwich are known for their large- scale iconic sculptural works, participatory events and exhibitions that invite audiences to imagine better worlds. At the core of their practice is the exploration of the role art can play as an active agent in society, evolving environments and situations within which people can begin to re-examine the world around them.
Project supported by:
Climate House, Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh, players of People’s Postcode Lottery and SEFARI Gateway