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Fig Studio at FloFest

04 June 2024
Sam Skinner of Fig Studio kneels on the ground as he designs a banner amidst lush greenery, with a huge Tesco superstore looming behind him.
Sam Skinner (Fig Studio) installing The Waiting List (2023) produced in collaboration with JC Niala, Julia Utreras, and Greenpeace. Photo courtesy Greenpeace.

About Fig Studio

Fig Studio is a new project in Oxford that brings art, nature, and communities together. Based between the two sister sites of Elder Stubbs Allotment and Makespace Central, Fig works with artists, writers, designers, horticulturalists and communities to support the development of innovative new work. Recent projects have included the creation of a giant seedpaper artwork engaging with allotment waiting lists and park furniture in Marsh Park, Oxford designed by a young women and girls youth group, and collaborations with Greenpeace, Natural England and Resolve Collective.

Situated Ecologies

Launching in June 2024, the Situated Ecologies summer programme will form part of Oxford’s FloFest, a volunteer-led annual community festival running since 2013 which attracts roughly 5,000 visitors each year. With artist and guest curator Fig Studio, in partnership with the Museum of Oxford and in close collaboration with local residents, visitors and key community members including the Festival organisers, we will create The Grass Was Taller Than Me, a special film project screened inside a vintage cinema van to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the Florence Park estate and the surrounding area which was donated to the public and opened in 1934. Alongside interviews with people who live, work, or visit the area, audio and video recordings of local nature are weaved through the film, celebrating our interconnectedness with the environment and the role it plays within the local ecology. As we drift through the streets and green spaces of Florence Park, The Grass Was Taller Than Me  captures the shared character of these spaces as common sites for all, both human and more-than-human actors.

Discover our summer off-site programme, Situated Ecologies.

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