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ONLINE Creative Ecologies & Tactical Resistance in the Anthropocene

Wednesday, 30 November 2022
6.30 – 7.30 pm

This online event is organised by Spike Island and is open to members of the Kaleidoscope Network.

How can we diversify creative practices in response to current ecological and social challenges? In Creative Ecologies & Tactical Resistance in the Anthropocene, artist, urban farmer and creative director Michael Smythe will explore strategies for individuals and communities to reshape their urban environment to prioritise environmental and social justice.

We will discuss interspecies collaboration, economics and community activism, referencing Michael’s recent projects including Phytology, an urban physic garden and research institute in Bethnal Green (East London); Urban Mind a global research project investigating the relationship between the landscape and mental health; and Mobile Apothecary, a herbal medicine dispensary providing free healthcare to individuals and communities with limited access to accommodation and quality health care.


Michael Smythe is an artist, urban farmer and creative director of Nomad Projects, an independent arts foundation that develops experimental projects across digital and location-specific spaces. Nomad Projects critically engages with issues surrounding environmental and social equality within the urban landscape.

This event is part of the Kaleidoscope Network, a collaboration between Spike Island (Bristol) Eastside Projects (Birmingham), Primary (Nottingham) and The NewBridge Project (Newcastle). Formed in response to a need for mutual support, the network has come together as a way to share resources, increase what each partner is able to offer and create new connections between communities of artists.