Selected Projects of Hannah Fincham & Ross Bennett as evidence for our DYCP application December 2023
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Old Tidemill Garden was an extended project. Founded and taking place from a disused primary school playground and wildlife garden. Over the course of 5 years we developed projects and campaigns with the local community that looked into the biodiversity and wildlife that existed in the site as well as the possibilties and uses of common public spaces.
The garden and its work was recognised by London Mayor Authoritory. We collaborated and hosted many local community groups, orginsations. And fed into festivals, projects and courses.
Capital Clean up grant, Pocket Parks Grant, Vinspired kickstarter grant, ITV peoples millions fund, Awards for All grant, Deptford Challenge Trust grant w. Ping England, Deptford Challenge Trust grant for Deptford Gardens, Arts council, Timeout Love London Awards.
Social Pickle Sharing out jar sized portions of the abundant flavours and ingredients of Sheffield. Our mission with this project is to use the practice of preserving and fermenting locally foraged and rescued foods to connect people to each other, their environment and community; building a resilience and understanding of health, and sharing food histories and cultures.
Throughout the short life of this project so far we have been commissioned by and collaborated with; Site Gallery, Rule of Threes, Arts Catalyst, University of Sheffield, Goldsmiths University, Rivelin Co.
As well as being featured in national media and press, ACV Magazine Feature, National Food Service - Waste Series, Now Then Magazine, Welcome to Sheffield (website).
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Haiku Sandwiches – Poetry in Bread. Book published with Housework Press. Concept written, designed by Hannah Fincham & Ross Bennett. The book realises the connections between poetry and cooking, the ritual and ceremony in the every day, breaking the sandwich out of the triangular-shaped box and offering it up as a tool for expression.
The book has sold internationally, is stocked in bookshops across the country and archived in National Poetry Library, Southbank Centre.
WetLab was a temporary floating laboratory created in collaboration with design and architecture practice, Publicworks. It used the canal network as site as well as subject. It was a space where creative minds including artists, architects, scientists, engineers, technologists and cooks invited the public to explore the biological and social ecology of the waterways, and together envisage potential future uses for the canal in local areas of north west England.
WetLab was commissioned by Abandon Normal Devices and Super Slow Way. Produced by Abandon Normal Devices for AND Festival 2021. Delivered in partnership with Canal & River Trust and Wigan Council. Supported using public funding by Arts Council England. Made with help and advice from Joshua B. Guinto, Specialist in Appropriate Technology.
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