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Encounters

   
www.encounters-arts.org.uk
info@encounters-arts.org.uk
t : 07870 698333
Totnes, Devon, Devon
England

Please contact Ruth Ben-Tovim, Creative Director

Vision  
We specialise in designing participatory arts projects and interventions that inspire creativity, dialogue and exchange between people of all ages and cultures.

Since 2003 we have used the transformational power of the arts to work creatively with thousands of people in arts, community, education, reconciliation, rehabilitation, regeneration and environmental contexts. We create spaces and processes for people from all walks of life to explore their relationship with themselves, each other, where they live and the wider world. Through performances, workshops, public interventions, co-authored exhibitions, publications and uniquely tailored events, the invitation is to re-look at who and how we are in the world at this time of crisis and opportunity and together to explore new stories to live by on individual, local, city wide and global levels.

Encounters was formed by artists Ruth Ben-Tovim and Trish O’Shea in 2003 when they took over and created the first Encounters Shop in Sharrow, Sheffield. Encounters is now a group of artists, facilitators, sustainability innovators, creative educators, cultural translators and change agents. Based in Totnes, Devon, we work locally, nationally & internationally.

Encounters is a 2012/13 ArtsAdmin associate artist organisation.

 
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A Little Patch of Ground
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2009 and ongoing
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A Little Patch of Ground is an inter-generational food growing and performance project that culminates in a permaculture inspired vegetable garden and a multi-media performance about relationships with the natural world.

A Little Patch of Ground takes place over a period of 20 weeks. A diverse inter-generational group of local residents meet weekly to create and grow their own permaculture-inspired vegetable garden, cook and eat together. Through a variety of media the group explores thoughts on food, resources, climate change, interdependence and sustainability.

Participants explore the world as our shared home, with personal stories about moments of connection in nature, documentation and writing tasks about special places outdoors. Through creative writing, making and drama the group takes a journey together, inspired by eco-philosopher Joanna Macy’s cycle of behaviour change: Gratitude, Despair, Seeing with New Eyes, Going Forth.

In the last weeks of the project, these transformative personal experiences are woven together into a public performance incorporating verbatim text, image, objects and movement to tell an intimate and personal tale about the joys and challenges of living alongside each other in this time of ecological challenge and opportunity.

A Little Patch of Ground is taking place in 2013 in Efford, Plymouth.

Anne-Marie Culhane co-devised A Little Patch of Ground, and continues to deliver the project with communities and Encounters' associates. Encounters have delivered A Little Patch of Ground in Liverpool, in oncaster, in a twinned urban/rural Patch in the East End of London and in Totnes, Devon.

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More About  
Other continuing Encounters projects include Encounters Shops, Combatants for Peace, Encounters Lab and Young People Talking.
  Encounters
www.encounters-arts.org.uk
info@encounters-arts.org.uk
t: 07870 698333

The Narrows
Totnes, Devon
TQ9 9DW
Devon
England

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