The Community Barn

Photo of a diagram of a barn, taken during The Community Barn Co-Design event at No.34, April 2018. Photo by Cassandra Gibbs.

This summer, artist Esther Collins brings collaborative design to Milton Creek Country Park…and you could be a part of it!

Join us to create Sittingbourne’s Community Barn!

Are you interested in learning how to design and make things?

Would you like to work in a team, learning new skills and sharing ideas?

We’re looking for people to get involved in hands-on, creative workshops to test out ways of building both physical structures and community spirit together. Share your knowledge of the local area, the community activities that are happening now, and what you would like to happen in the future.

Artist Esther Collins will be running workshops in Sittingbourne to play with space, to explore designing and making and to learn about community activities happening in and around Milton Creek Country Park.

The project is designed to spark ideas for a new community building in the park and to find new ways of working together.

Our longer term plan is for the project to lead to a permanent ‘barn’ in Milton Creek Country Park, owned and run by local residents.

Photo of Co-Design event at No.34 in April 2018. Artist Kieren Reed is talking to residents of Sittingbourne in an informal event.
Co-Designing The Sittingbourne Barn event, April 2018. Artist Kieren Reed (left). Photo: Cassandra Gibbs

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About Joinery

Joinery has been devised through conversation and collaborative design activities with Sittingbourne residents. The project explores grassroots methods of designing and making new buildings, with the longer term aim of creating a permanent ‘barn’ in Milton Creek Country Park to be owned and run by local residents.

Artist Esther Collins will draw on ideas from socially engaged practice and ‘barn raisings’.

A barn raising is a traditional way for people to come together to make a wooden structure that wouldn’t be possible for one family to build. Neighbours work together to cut and join timbers, before lifting the frame into position using ropes and poles.

This joint effort allows a building to be constructed quickly, on a scale that is only possible with teamwork.

This communal activity creates good connections between members of the community who may not normally meet in day-to-day life.

The ideas behind the Community Barn have come through conversation and collaborative design activities with local residents with Ideas Test at No.34 on Sittingbourne High Street, and at Milton Creek Country Park’s Art in the Park 2018 event.

Artists: Esther Collins and Kieren Reed.
Co-producers: Ideas Test and Whitstable Biennale/Cement Fields.

This project is also supported through a Swale Brough Council Grant from Sue Gent.


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