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We are clearing a piece of derelict land at the back of our School to create a community garden guided by permaculture principles to benefit the School's community, the neighbourhood, local schools + community groups. It will be a place for respite/contemplation; experiencing nature in an urban environment; art through sculptural objects; social community events; educational purposes, e.g. growing herbs, fruit + veg. Explore seasonal eating with the users of Our Kitchen (also in the High Street); research + experiment with plant based extracts to create natural fabric dyes or sustainable photography. We will also offer workshops, continue to develop our Eco conference series and develop sustainability based courses + qualifications.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
The Margate School is situated in the High Street of Margate, in one of the most challenging high streets in the country and one of the poorest wards in the country, surrounded by some of the poorest wards. The rear of our building has attracted anti-social and criminal behaviour, drug users, vandalism, fly-tipping over the years affecting the local residents, traders, our students, visitors, shoppers and tourists. The project is an opportunity to significantly positively impact on the lives of the local community but also wider communities and give the High Street an improved presence. Benefits include: Neighbourhood and community building Wellbeing and healthy living Regeneration and reinvention of the high street Greening of an urban environment Diversification of insects, birds, plants Reduced anti-social behaviour Connecting art, the community and nature Improved educational and skills development offer Potential for development and employment opportunities
Steps to get it done:
The Margate School opened its door in the summer of 2019 taking on the former Woolworths building situated in the High Street of Margate, that stood empty since 2008. It managed to gain some funding to start its operation offering the only European MA in Fine Art: Art, Society, Nature + running numerous community based workshops, exhibitions + events. It is actively supporting the regeneration of Margate's high street through its work, facilities + public art + community projects. We have become a creative + community hub working with diverse community groups, schools, professionals + industry alike thus creating + nurturing a collaborative + co-creative ecology. The community garden will be an extension of our humanist vision. We have now received some funding from the National Lottery Community Fund to kick start the project + allowing us to raise further funds for the project in support of the local community. In 2021 the TMS team had a permaculture workshop for project preparation
About the space
Thanet District Council
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shhhhhh.... can you hear it? It is the sound of the green manure growing! Thank you so much to all our volunteers who came and helped plant an Edible Forest Garden. We can now see some of the plants making themselves at home and the green manure has already reached an impressive hight. The wild area is looking great too! By popular demand, we have scheduled some more drop-in community gardening sessions to keep working on the garden before winter comes. You are very welcome to join us: Back by popular demand and to advance another few projects in the garden before the winter, I've scheduled a few afternoons for community gardening: 11, 18 & 25 October 1.30 - 4.30 pm Come and spend the whole afternoon or just an hour Tea, coffee & biscuits will be waiting for you.
We are excited to announce our first residency call out for the Community Garden! Thanks to the generous efforts of everyone who donated & shared we can now create paid opportunities for local creatives to experiment and explore their art practice in the context of the garden. We have 2 residencies open for applications: INNOVATION, SOCIETY, NATURE WASTE, SOCIETY, NATURE • Period of residency: Oct 2022 - Jan 2023 • Budget: £1,000 per residency • Deadline to express interest: 18th September 2022, 6pm 💡 Residency 1: Innovation, Society, Nature We are looking for a technology-based artist or a creative technologist to respond to the theme of Innovation, Society, Nature and create an artifact for the garden using our FabLab facilities. ♻️ Residency 2: Waste, Society, Nature We are looking for an artist whose work focuses on environmental sustainability to respond to the theme of Waste, Society, Nature and challenge our communities relationship with waste, recycling, and environmental sustainability. How to apply? If you’re interested, please head to this link to read more about the residencies: https://www.themargateschool.com/post/the-margate-school-garden-residency Then send an expression of interest including: • A short bio • Which residency you’re interested in • Why and how you would approach it On no more than 1 side of A4 to our Creative Exchange and Garden Coordinator, email@example.com by the 18th of September, 6 pm. Alternatively, you could send your answers as a link to a video or audio recording of no more than 3 minutes. If you have any questions regarding the application process or the residency, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with TMS at 01843 838421.
We're having our first exhibition in the garden, and... you're invited! 'Compote' is a bringing together of fruit, leaves, hands, ground. Materials used: natural or found. To be left outside changing, transforming. This garden exhibition curated by Anna Presilia and Esme Bone taking place in the community garden of The Margate School. Teaming up to create a show as part of their internship within the European Fine Art Masters 'Art, Society and Nature', the pair have selected 12 local artists to make artworks that respond to the nature of the space. All 12 artists will be using natural or found materials in their own way to ensure that no harm is done to this special environment.’ Preview: 2nd September, 6pm – 9pm Exhibition open during the weekend: 3rd + 4th September, 10am – 5pm Closing day, workshop + food: 10th September, 10am - 9pm More info: https://www.themargateschool.com/events/compote In other news, our garden residencies have launched! More on this soon but if you want a sneak peek: https://www.themargateschool.com/post/the-margate-school-garden-residency