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Birder's Paradise

FRANCIS, Anna and BRANSCOMBE, Andrew (2014) Birder's Paradise. [Show/Exhibition]

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A Birder is different from a Twitcher. While Twitchers will travel miles to see an exotic or rare bird type, Birders are much more interested in spending time with the wildlife and creatures that surround them in their daily lives. This is something that we, as artists, feel an affinity with, in relation to Stoke-on-Trent. To give an idea of our possible approach to involvement in the Appetite Programme we propose to create a mobile research lab 'Birder's Paradise' a mobile bird hide, which can travel to open spaces around Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire, to gather data, identify species and deliver activities and events which create a dialogue with residents and users of the sites about wildlife in their local vicinity. The conversations around wildlife are meant as a 'way-in' to talking to the people of the area about where they live, and what makes it special. Unlike some of the other Appetite projects, the appetites we will be discussing will be of the avian variety – and we will be able to talk to people about urban birdlife, what they eat, and how they can be supported.

The content gathered from those conversations will lead to developments within the project and inform the direction of our response. We know, from personal experience, that taking an interest in green spaces and the wildlife there can improve health and wellbeing, and hope to talk to the public in Stoke-on-Trent about how they experience their local environment, and what other ways they may like to engage with it.

The project visited Urban Nature sites around the city of Stoke-on-Trent, including one ex-brownfield and one current brownfield.

Birder's Paradise was commissioned by Appetite Stoke. The Appetite programme is supported using public funding by Arts Council England and led by the New Vic Theatre in partnership with B Arts, Brighter Futures, Partners in Creative Learning and Staffordshire University. Appetite is also supported by Stoke-on-Trent City Council.

Item Type: Show/Exhibition
Uncontrolled Keywords: regeneration, brownfield, urban nature, urban development, site-specific art, landscape art, artist,
Faculty: School of Creative Arts and Engineering > Art and Design
Depositing User: Anna FRANCIS
Date Deposited: 24 Jun 2019 10:35
Last Modified: 24 Jun 2019 10:35
URI: http://eprints.staffs.ac.uk/id/eprint/5711

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