All pictures © Francesca Moore
Here are some pictures from Seed to Seed Conversational Workshop that took place on the 6th September.
Thanks to all who took part in the workshop. We had an incredibly vibrant conversation with exceptionally varied groups of participants including the members from the local Indian communities, food growers and seed enthusiasts, Roger Smith from the Millennium Seed Bank and artists amongst others.
Particularly a warm thank you to the Indian Community representatives for their generous contributions of life experience in the UK and how they struggled to find a way to keep their vegetarian food culture alive in the constraints of the UK vegetable supply of the 60s, 70s and 80s. We heard incredible stories of sweetcorn growing in Kent against all predictions and monthly treks to London to stock up on spices, cooking oils, fruit and vegetables amongst other essentials.
Thank you to Roger Smith from the Millennium Seed Bank for his knowledge and helping us gain an insight into seed production.
Thanks also to all other participants for coming and for sharing their views. Part of my work as an artist is to facilitate ways of making people from diverse backgrounds meet and share views. I think this event can be seen as a success.
I will be using audio recordings from this workshop to create a new piece of work and I will provide more information closer to the time.
I have some great feedback from some of the participants that you can read below.
I hope to continue the discussion and to be able to go deeper into the conversations soon with all of you.
“Thanks Lorenza. I found it a very interesting meeting and particularly enjoyed the input from people of Indian origin, and from the scientists, who made a special and valuable contribution. I look forward to the next conversation, and I do appreciate the effort you put for people’s comfort: great venue, great refreshments etc.” Valerie
“I really enjoyed the workshop and also was interested in reading your blog – I loved your photos.
I thought you might like to see a couple of the seed images I made recently…
Such and interesting subject! Look forward to more…” Erika
“It was great to be able to get along to Seed to Seed on Friday and I really enjoyed it and I think you are a very good host! It was an interesting mix of people and it was really nice to meet everyone and have the opportunity to chat.
[…] I’d have loved to have learned a bit more about the traditions of seed keeping and perhaps seen some pictures – but perhaps I will find out more about it when you finally show the work. It is a really interesting subject with so many different facets and questions attached to it and of course people have such strong opinions and it is obviously a very emotive area. It was really interesting to have the seed scientist there who was able to give us a little factual information too.” Judith