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Katy Hawkins:
Artist + Researcher + Organiser

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Trees and Türme is a selection of site-responsive projects by Katy Hawkins, produced and delivered in collaboration with artists, communities & commissioners.

My community-based creative practice as artist, project maker and researcher is focused on exploring our two-way relationship with trees.

What this currently involves:

I work as the lead Community Worker on the Urban Forest Accelerator Programme in Birmingham, through Birmingham Tree People. This role involves developing ways of involving communities based in areas of low tree equity in establishing new trees for their areas, unearthing and strengthening relationships to trees as part of the process. I have worked to co-produce approaches and activity with groups and individuals linked to each stage of tree establishment: deciding what gets planted where and how, developing planting days,and shaping approaches to aftercare strategies. Activity, which has looked to start with and acknowledge the diverse way we know and appreciate trees, has seen lots of ritual, celebration, vunerability and joy.

I lead a collaborative tree connecting walk/shop programme in South Birmingham. Self-established, the programme has run for two years now, seeing collaborations with poets and artists along the way.

I illustrate and write, with a current focus on telling the story of my personal relatioship with trees.

What I am exploring:

I am excited by the power or embodied practice (e.g. ecosomatics) and collective human-tree rituals as a means of regaining and strengthening a felt sense of this symbiotic relationship that spans the sensuous, cultural and biological. 

Currently undergoing Level 2 Arboriculture Qualification and run regular tree connecting walkshops in the West Midlands. 

 

Background in Visual Cultures (Goldsmiths) and Interdisciplinary Urban Design (UCL).

Recent clients and funders include ERCO, Friends of Cotteridge Park, Arts Council of England, Haringey Council, A-N Network, Historic England, 2NQ, Nene Park Trust, Peterborough Presents, Southwark Council. 

CV available here.

Türme: Towers and Rooks 

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