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A Symposium including exhibition tour and a Commons Feast lunch
March 31 @ 9:30 am - 5:30 pm

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March 31
9:30 am - 5:30 pm
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The Museum of English Rural Life
The Museum of English Rural Life, Redlands Road
Reading, Berkshire RG1 5EX United Kingdom
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Join us to mark the culmination of The Commons project

This symposium brings together artists involved in The Commons: Re-Enchanting the World project with other invited practitioners and thinkers to engage in discussions around commoning. We look forward to hearing about the experiences and challenges of others who are also practicing and enacting different ways of working responsibly with our common resources of land, food, and environment. The Commons: A Gathering marks the culmination of several years of creative intervention and collaboration here at The MERL. We hope to build on the legacy of this inspirational project, with this event serving as a forum for change and action. Watch this space for details of the programme for the day.

The Gathering will be an onsite event with opportunities for remote access via Zoom. The Commons: Re-Enchanting the World is supported by Arts Council England, University for the Creative Arts, and Swedish Arts Grants Committee.

The programme will include:

  • Talks by a variety of speakers including JC Niala, Carmen Wong, Sheila Ghelani, Nick Hayes, Michael Smythe, Karl Fitzgerald and more.
  • a Tour of The Commons: Re-Enchanting the World installations in the museum galleries*
  • Commons Feast lunch*. Local breads and cheeses provided. Symposium participants are also invited to bring any additional seasonal or preserved, wild, foraged or commons foods and/or foods of producers local to you to pair with the bread and cheese provided, for example a homemade chutney, jelly or foraged fruit. The feast will serve as a chance to consider how we nourish ourselves, our families, our communities, and our environment. and to ask questions of our food systems and consider how we can all bring the idea of the ‘commons’ to life in our mealtimes.

* onsite only

Due to the changing nature of COVID-19 guidance, there is a chance that this event could be delivered completely online or postponed. We will keep you updated as we know more.

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