Cuadros Verdes Vivos - Living Green Pictures

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LIVING GREEN PICTURES purpose is to bring together art and agriculture as a language of life and sustainability. A series of six online workshops in English & Spanish will enable intergenerational cultural exchange, creative interdisciplinary activities and the sharing of different experiences. A wide range of participants can take part in this project - anyone who likes planting, agriculture, gardening and art can participate.
The project is a development within the Cuerpos Gramaticales Sowing of Life supported by Mid Ulster Council Good Relations and Arts Council Northern Ireland Peace in Mind lottery programme. LIVING GREEN PICTURES is part of the Good Relations Week programme managed by Community Relations Council. LIVING GREEN PICTURES participants will showcase their learning experience on Peace Day 21st September
The workshops will explore symbols as the main part of planting, for is important that the interaction with the participants is not just share our knowledge but to use this space as an excuse to encourage people to grow a vivid green pictures in every space we travel or inhabit, We acknowledge LIVING GREEN PICTURES as productive, ornamental and medicinal gardens which creates a beautiful ambience.
We assimilate the act of visiting a garden like the feeling of visiting a museum, the only difference is that this museum is organically alive and it requires a different treatment and care. In using art to connect with the land the act of sowing is a performative creative act, a continuous act as it remains alive as we water it and take care of it.  

Guerpos Gramaticales - The Human Planting Promotional Trailer

Cuerpos Gramaticales - The Sowing of Life is inspired by a Agroarte Colombia project that began in Comuna 13, Medellin, which uses the arts, body, memory and the land to contribute to reconciliation, dialogue, healing, sharing experiences and stories, meeting new people while being creative and celebrating diversity. The project migrated to Barcelona with the Colombian diaspora and plans were in place for it to come to Northern Ireland. Due to CoVid-19 we developed online workshops with the physical planting of the project postponed until 2021. When safe to do so members of Agroarte will visit Northern Ireland to continue workshops in shared spaces. During May, June and July 2020 a total of 10 Online Workshops were led by Aka (Leader representing Agroarte) including participants from Colombia and Northern Ireland. LIVING GREEN PICTURES was born out of the success of those 10 workshops.

This project will be a process of creative workshop and encounters with women from different cultures and diasporas. The project will end with a final 'public performance' during which the project's participants are collectively "planting" themselves with flowers into the ground in a public place to create catharsis. See videos below. 

There is a depth to the project around Truth & Memory which will be facilitated by professionals. Participants who will get involved will design the whole process and decide their own reasons for taking part in the planting: healing, protest, a symbol of planting new family roots in the area, connecting with the land, letting go, starting a new life, forgiveness, celebrate their migration process, etc.

Anyone can request to take part but we would really welcome woman who have migrated to Northern Ireland, especially Mid Ulster area. By taking part in the workshops does not mean you are committed to the planting. People can choose nearer the time. 

Please email for more information.

The core of project workshops facilitated by members of Agroatre and a support team.

The project lead partners are Beyond Skin and Agroarte

Associate Partners: Escuelas de Paz, Fotosynthesis, International Catalan Institute for Peace (ICIP), Unique New Adventures Ltd, First Steps Women's Centre Dungannon, Magherafelt Women's Group. 

Guerpos Gramaticales "Sowing of Life" in Barcelona.

Inspired Art by VaneMG