I make you and you make me

I’m pleased to have been offered a small commission by Peterborough Presents to support their Heritage Lottery project in Millfield. My proposal I make you you make me grew out of the work I’ve done in the area while also building on my interest in considering how we all make and respond to changes. My wider proposal is informed by Raymond William’s book Culture is Ordinary and in particular a journey, he describes, where he passes through the countryside to the city, passing factories, a cathedral, a university, a teashop, a pub. He encourages us through this description to see the simple, necessary and ongoing shaping and interconnected loop between ourselves and place – places shape us and then we shape them. This leads him to argue for the end of a belief or an approach that art and making is for and by an elite.