Colette Lewis, Cobh Zero Waste and SIRIUS
‘Reframing Community-based Economies’ is a project by the artist Colette Lewis, Cobh Zero Waste and SIRIUS exploring a community-based model of exchange towards the implementation of circular economies as a civic-driven imagination of sustainable living strategies. The project brings the experience of older generations together with the aspirations and actions of younger generations shaping the new wave of eco-politics.
For older generations, being able to make, repair, reuse, forage, hunt or grow was mainly learnt within the family home and locality, often out of necessity, due to limited access to resources. While much place-based knowledge and skill has declined with advances in technology that fosters productivity, local know-how has been gaining critical purpose around humanitarian values.
Colette Lewis, Cobh Zero Waste and SIRIUS are forming a digital and Cobh-based group to engage with discourse and practices around alternative, community-based economic systems. They are inviting all interested people to participate in a series of events to creatively and ethically think about how to ‘take back the economy’.
Please note that, although the majority of the scheduled events take place online, the last two events in 2021 will take place on site.
Thursday, 3 December, 2020, 19.30 – 21.00, Zoom: In conversation about civic practice with the artist Colette Lewis, Stephen Thornhill from Cobh Zero Waste, and Miguel Amado from SIRIUS.
Thursday, 10 December, 2020, 19.30 – 21.00, Zoom: Talk on sustainable living strategies by Angela Nagle, doctoral candidate in Civil & Environmental Engineering, University College Cork.
Thursday, 14 January, 2021, 19.30 – 21.00, Zoom: Reading group around the book Take Back the Economy: An Ethical Guide for Transforming Our Communities, by J.K. Gibson-Graham, Jenny Cameron and Stephen Healy, led by Miguel Amado.
Thursday, 11 February, 2021, 19.30 – 21.00:, Zoom: Talk on economy as a public realm and enterprise as art by Kathrin Böhm, artist and co-founder of the Centre for Plausible Economies, c/o Company Drinks.
Thursday, 11 March, 2021, 19.30 – 21.00, Zoom: Workshop on ‘Redrawing the Economy’: the Cobh case, led by Colette Lewis, Stephen Thornhill and Miguel Amado.
Thursday, 8 April, 2021, 19.30 – 21.00, Zoom: Reading group around the book Doughnut Economics: Seven Ways to Think Like a 21st-Century Economist by Kate Raworth, led by Stephen Thornhill.
Saturday, 8 May, 2021, 12.00 – 16.00, Off-site: Field trip to the Belvelly estuary on Great Island, County Cork, led by Colette Lewis.
Saturday, 15 May, 2021, 12.00 – 16.00, SIRIUS: Making session and discussion on ‘Reframing Community-based Economies’, led by Colette Lewis, Stephen Thornhill and Miguel Amado.
Image: Aerial view of the Belvelly Channel estuary, Great Island, County Cork, 2020. Source: Colette Lewis