FIG is a new project in Oxford that brings art, horticulture, and communities together.
Based between the two sister sites of Elder Stubbs Allotment and Makespace Central, Fig works with artists, writers, designers, horticulturalists and communities to support the development of innovative new work.
We are currently developing a number of projects that will be announced later in the year.
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Fig’s establishment and commissions have been supported to date by: Arts Council National Lottery Project Grant, Natural England, Oxford and Oxfordshire City Councils, and TORCH – The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities
Fig was established by artist and curator Sam Skinner as an experiment in supporting emerging creative practices which have ecology, horticulture, and community at their heart. Sam combines experience in the arts, with a BA and MA in art history, a practice-based PhD, and working for and developing projects with a wide variety of cultural organisations, with a fledgling! horticultural knowledge, cultivated through work on organic farms, community gardens, and studying with the RHS. Thus Fig is a work-in-progress, an experiment in beginnings and transitioning, driven by an interest in exploring alternative models of creative production. How, for example, a cultural organisation may nurture and offer fertile soil and a biologically diverse environment for artists and audiences to engage with, and what that may enable.
Groundwork for Fig was developed during the Fusion Arts Research Lab 2021.
Fig's Journal is a space for sharing the research and development of our projects and providing insight into Fig’s wider activities and interests.