I was delighted to be invited to participate in the 2019 iteration of Grounding – an alternative art school, bringing together artists and designers to share practices in peer-led learning endeavours – in late August in Cloughjordan: Ireland’s eco-village. With participants from all disciplines – innovative ecologists to soulful dancers – we explored themes relating to nature and the environment.
For many, art school provided a space for experimenting and trying out new methodologies, new ideas, new ways of thinking in a supportive environment. The aim of Grounding is to try and harness what is so valuable about that experience – the safety and openness of a peer-community, and try and recreate some of it outside of the pressures of academic structures and results based projects. The process is the goal, with any concrete outcomes a bonus.