Live Art & Film
Jessie Brennan, ‘Glass Bottle Neck’,
Jessie Brennan, ‘Glass Bottle Neck’, cyanotype, from Inside The Backyard (Opportunity Area), 2015–6.
Jessie Brennan, ‘Hop’, cyanotype, from Inside The Backyard
Jessie Brennan, ‘Hop’, cyanotype, from Inside The Backyard (Opportunity Area), 2015–6.
Re: development – Inside The Green Backyard
A Collaborative Networked Online Exhibition
28 March - 1 May 2017
After five years hard work by its volunteers and incredible public support, The Green Backyard, a community growing project in Peterborough run entirely by volunteers, is no longer threatened with redevelopment: the owners of the land, Peterborough City Council, have offered a rolling 12-year lease.
Re: development – Inside The Green Backyard is a collaborative, networked, online exhibition, which celebrates the success of The Green Backyard’s campaign to safeguard land. The exhibition features cyanotypes, which can be seen on this page, (camera-less photographs of objects from the site) and voice recordings (oral testimonies by the volunteers) from Jessie Brennan's work Inside The Green Backyard (Opportunity Area), 2015–16, an outcome of Jessie's year-long residency with The Green Backyard and arts organisation Metal. More about Jessie's residency project can be found here in an article she wrote for the Guardian.
Listen to the oral recording : Mandy Jones, trustee (Pee bales)
Links to other online exhibits :
by Sophie Antonelli, co-founder of The Green Backyard
by Jessie Brennan
These pieces were written for Re:development, a book brought together by artist Jessie Brennan following her year-long residency at The Green Backyard. Published before the land was finally safeguarded, it traces the journey of transforming a former derelict allotment site into the thriving community growing project that is now The Green Backyard.
If This Were to Be Lost, 2016 was supported by Arts Council England, British Council, The Bartlett School of Architecture, The Green Backyard, Peterborough Presents and Metal.
Jessie Brennan is the inaugural artist of the South London Gallery's Open Plan - Pelican Estate Artist Commission.