Part of: HOME Reopening Programme May 2021 , Homemakers
A HOME Commission, co-created by Alice Boyd and Josie Dale-Jones
From Wed 19 May
A new visual and audio installation from Staging Change, Spring.
Audiences are invited to collect flower seeds from an ever-growing city – a commitment to caring and looking after our earth.
Coinciding with the re-opening of HOME, Spring is a small gesture of hope as our world comes back to life again.
Spring has been co-created by Alice Boyd and Josie Dale-Jones with the wonderful team at HOME.
Special thanks to Sekeenat Karim, Sean Pritchard, and everyone else at HOME, Saul Blake, John Mouncey, Manchester City Council, Parks of Manchester and Will Spence for supporting this project.
If you’d like to, you can scatter your wildflower seeds in some of the parks around Manchester. We have teamed up with Castlefield & Sackville Gardens who have reserved patches of earth for this.
In Castlefield head to the steps leading into Castlefield Bowl from Dukes Place. In Sackville Gardens, the patch is near the ‘beacon of hope’.
There will be signs when you get there if you are lost.
Let’s get re-wilding!
Written by Alice Boyd and Josie Dale-Jones
Performed by Will Spence
We built a city
Not exactly a city
We arranged some boxes to look like a cityscape
That was the aim anyway
We got the boxes from HOME’s set store
And now they’ve been up-cycled for our installation
Is it an installation?
Yeah, let’s call it an installation
We’ve called it SPRING - the installation
Anyway, back to the boxes
We’ve filled them with soil
Soil from here, soil from Manchester, Manchester soil
We’ve spread some seeds on top of the soil, inside the boxes that are pretending to be buildings.
We’ve painted the boxes too
The walls of the boxes, the buildings
With a moss paint
Moss, not mould.
Moss paint is moss mixed with buttermilk, water and sugar
We made it ourselves
Yeah - it’s a thing people do
Moss graffiti… eco art...
It looks amazing
It will look amazing… eventually
We don’t know when in the future you’ll be looking at this installation
The seeds might have begun to grow by the time you arrive
They might never grow, we don’t know
The walls might be covered in moss not mould
They might not be, they might still just look like boxes pretending to be buildings
Things take time
Not everything will happen as quickly as we want it to
In this instance anyway
You’ll just have to come back another day
(If you’d like to)
We hope that by the end of their time here, in the foyer at HOME, these boxes pretending to be buildings will be covered in green moss, not mould, with wild flowers growing out the tops of them
It's very symbolic.
And other buzz words
In reality, if you do see moss and the flowers, there’s still a box pretending to be a building underneath it, really
But you know that
Read into that what you will
Next to these boxes, this cityscape, you will find some packets of seeds in small brown envelopes
They are for you
Not all of them!
One of them
Unless they’ve all been taken already
(Sorry if they have)
If there are some there
Take one home,
Head to a green space
And scatter the seeds
If you want to
And then recycle the envelope
See you soon and thanks for coming.
Homemakers Project Overview
Homemakers is a series of new commissions, where we invite our favourite artists and artistic partners to combine to create work at home, for an audience who are also at home.
We’re not pretending that all art can be experienced online just as satisfactorily as in person; but we want to demonstrate the innovation of artists who work all kinds of forms, by inviting them to respond to this very specific context. We want to bring contemporary new performance to audiences all over the world, in all its form-flexing, mind-expanding, surprising subversive brilliance.
We’re excited to bring our first Homemakers commission into the building for audiences to enjoy in person.
About Staging Change
Staging Change is a network of freelance artists, venues and organisations committed to communicating the importance of environmental action run by Alice Boyd and Josie Dale-Jones.
About Alice Boyd
Alice Boyd is sound designer, theatre maker and environmental campaigner. Her work uses the voice, everyday sounds and electronic textures to tell stories about the world around us. She has been selected as one of Sound and Music’s New Voices composers for 2020, supported by Arts Council England, the Garfield Weston Foundation and the PRS Foundation. Alice is interested in the intersection between climate change and the arts, and the power that theatre, film and audio have to communicate big issues. Germination, an audio piece in collaboration with nonfiction writer Laura Grace Simpkins, was selected for Louder Than The Storm’s climate intersectionality exhibition and Radiophrenia Glasgow 2020. Alice’s sound design in Crisis was shortlisted for #CreateCOP25, a competition for the UN’s COP25 Climate Conference in Madrid in 2019. Other audio work includes, Land Skeins (OnComm nomination), a binaural series supported by National Youth Theatre, Paines Plough and BBC Writersroom.
About Josie Dale-Jones
Josie Dale-Jones is a theatre maker, performer and producer.
Most recently, Josie received a Culture In Quarantine commission from Arts Council England and BBC and is currently a director in remote residence for the British Council’s Taking The Stage Programme in Ukraine. Josie was nominated as a finalist for the Arts Foundation Theatre-Makers Award 2021. Theatre Royal Bath appointed Josie a 2019 Leverhulme Arts Scholar.
Josie mostly works under “ThisEgg“. ThisEgg’s show in collaboration with Made My Wardrobe, dressed. received a Scotsman Fringe First as well as a nomination for ThisEgg for Total Theatre Awards’ Emerging Company 2018. The show completed a national tour before returning to the Festival for the British Council Showcase 2019. dressed. was nominated for a 2020 Offie Award for IDEA (innovative/ devised/ experiential/ atypical). ThisEgg won the inaugural Underbelly & New Diorama Untapped Award 2018 for early-mid career theatre companies. Me & My Bee, ThisEgg’s show for family audiences won the inaugural Les Enfants Terribles Stepladder Award 2017 and was nominated for The Fringe Sustainable Practice Award and Brighton Award for Excellence. In 2018 it was performed almost 200 times across over 100 venues in England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Before that, ThisEgg’s Goggles, won the NSDF Edinburgh Emerging Artists Award 2016.
HOME’s sustainability programme is supported by Shire Leasing.