In 2021 I worked with a group of disabled and chronically ill people to teach fire-making skills and create rituals that unlocked conversations around accessibility.
The project culminated with an in person fire-side gathering where we burnt drawings, writings, reflections and thoughts in the fire. The ash from this fire was collected to glaze a ceramic vessel to hold the ashes of future fire-side discussions amongst arts organisations and audiences.
Building Warmth was one of six commissions as part of Social Art for Equality Diversity and Inclusion (SAFEDI). SAFEDI was an AHRC fellowship led by Manchester Metropolitan University, Social Art Network, & Axis, working with social artists, marginalised communities and policy makers around the UK to rethink what inclusion in the arts means.
Thanks to East Street Arts for partnering on the project and Carys Fieldson for her support as Project Assistant.
[Images by artist, participants and Jules Lister]
Sonic response to the final pot by Pete Cox
Participants fire-making kit including handout
Audio version of the kit can be heard here
Final fire-side gathering
Pot glazed with ash from the final events fire