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Winter Death and Life Walk

Artist Phil Barton followed in the footsteps of Richard Long recently, with an urban walk marking the death of around 100 trees on Manchester’s Oxford Road Corridor since May 2015.  Lost to development, the walk was balanced, and considerably lightened, by the birth of his granddaughter whilst he was walking!

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Treasures of Rusholme Calendar 2017 published

This new calendar, the work of Phil Barton, Director at the Centre for Connected Practice has been published by Creative Rusholme.  Featuring images from around the neighbourhood, it is priced at £6 with all profits going to support community greening projects in the area next year.  Kindly sponsored by Scott Dawson Advertising, you can order the Calendar for just £10 (inc p&p) from elainebish@gmail.com More details can be found at the Rusholme Archive, which also has historical background to many…

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Menorah joins Pilgrimage for Nature

We recently facilitated a lively and engaged workshop with members of the Menorah in Manchester aged from 7 to 70!  Participants worked on actions they could take to help save species and reduce their environmental impact and wrote to leaders in the UK and beyond imploring them to take urgent action.  Now they plan to follow up by working together.

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Nature Rearranged success!

To read a review of the exhibition at the Tower Gallery at the NW Media Centre, visit the University of Chester website The exhibition featured Phil Barton’s “Nature Rearranged” photographs and his installation series “Gaia’s Graveyards” (jointly with Helena Kettleborough, 2015) and “Arboricide” (2016)

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Transition Wirksworth

Facilitated a great workshop last weekend with a fine group of people in Wirksworth.  Spent the day visioning and planning in the splendid Derbyshire Eco-Centre – and eating cake!  Some really good ideas and a new energy in the room.  Good luck to the group!

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Just a week to go!

Nature Rearranged opens next Friday 14th @ 6.00 at the Tower Gallery, NW Media Centre, University of Chester, Crab Lane, Warrington WA2 0DB Full details are at: http://www.chester.ac.uk/node/37898 Nearest train station is Birchwood; half hourly No 17 bus to Uni of Chester Fearnleaf Lane on Fri & Sat leaving at 13 & 43 mins past the hour. First showing for ‘Arboricide’ series of installations reacting to the recent felling of many mature trees in the Manchester University area.  This is…

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Nature rearranged

Installations and photographs by Phil Barton.  14th – 16th October 2016 @ North West Media Centre Tower Gallery, University of Chester Warrington Padgate Campus, Crab Lane WA2 0DB. Opening Friday 6.00 – 8.30; open 11.00 – 6.00 Saturday and Sunday.  Pilgrimage for Nature workshop at the gallery 3.00 – 5.00 on Sunday. See you there!

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A great summer!

We’ve been off on our travels around England and Wales running our Pilgrimage for Gaia workshops in Near Fishguard and Lancaster, Horsham, Exeter, Stratford in East London and Manchester.  Working with local GreenSpirit Groups, we have inspired and challenged participants to bear witness to biodiversity loss and to take action personally and collectively.    

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Successful workshop at Swedenborg Open Learning Centre

On Saturday 2nd July Helena Kettleborough facilitated a creative workshop ‘Exploring from Community to Cosmos’ at the Swedenbourg Centre AGM.  Delegates from all over the country enjoyed a stimulating and fast moving programme. By creating their own ‘maps’ they explored their personal approach to applying the New Universe Story in their everyday lives. Delegates were enthusiastic. “Liked the alternate listening and doing. Lovely stories; got me interested in looking up further for information.”  “Liked the opportunity to reflect on how…

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