Fig commissioned artists share their work-in-progress in a series of events at the Fig growing sites on Elder Stubbs Allotments. Booking essential – follow links below for tickets.
JC Niala – 1918 Allotment – Poetry Readings
6pm >> 25th Aug, 2021. w/ Laura Theis
3pm >> 4th Sept, 2021. w/ Dr. Yewande Okuleye
3pm >> 5th Sept, 2021.
During the summer of 2021 JC Niala has cultivated a 1918 style allotment, creating a space to reflect upon the relationships between Spanish Flu, COVID-19, and World War One. Join Niala and special guests for a unique series of poetry readings and discussion events on the site.
Eleanor Greenhalgh – Elder Vernacular – Artist’s Talk
3pm >> 14th Aug, 2021
Join Eleanor Greenhalgh for a short talk introducing her project developing a palette of materials grounded in the East Oxford landscape. Also see the beginnings of the artists’ garden, where we are collaborating with Greenhalgh growing plants for paper and dye making.
1918 Allotment – Guest Speaker Biographies
Dr. Yewande Okuleye’s interdisciplinary practice in health humanities, science and qualitative research design, investigates methods and systems which reveal and recover overlooked, misrepresented, and forgotten histories. This praxis is informed by Audre Lorde’s call for us “to speak truth to power,” to activate civic empowerment. Yewande invokes art, music, poetry, and performance, as channels, to encourage discussions about power, representation, and change.
Laura Theis grew up in Germany and writes poems, stories and songs in her second language. She is the author of ‘how to extricate yourself’ (Dempsey&Windle) which was selected as the winner of the 2020 Brian Dempsey Memorial Pamphlet Prize. Her work has been widely anthologised, and appears in journals such as Rattle, Strange Horizons and Mslexia. An AM Heath Prize recipient and Elgin Award nominee, she has also won the Hammond House International Literary Award and the 2020 Mogford Short Story Prize.
See JC Niala and Eleanor Greenhalgh’s project pages below for their biographies and further info.