We believe in the
hyper-local

and in staying long enough in spaces to ensure relationships are meaningful. We know that parachuting artists in and out of communities can be extractive. So how do we build it, in the same place, hyper-locally, in perpetuity…?

This is a scene from life during the pandemic on a brightly coloured multi-cultural street in Riverside in Cardiff.
Gentle/Radical’s Doorstep Revolution project in Riverside in Cardiff.

Our Doorstep Revolution project is about just that. Our base is Riverside so we’re interested in what can happen in one neighbourhood over 5, 10, 20 or 30 years, when we just stay put. How would we think about ‘engagement’ differently, if we maintain a commitment to place, and focus on how culture can be a dynamic force for justice, renewal and transformation when attention is lasting and funders don’t demand we move on…? How do we change the language around ‘engagement’ so that these terms themselves eventually become redundant – as community becomes the permanent source of its own engagement…

This project will be homing in on streets across our neighbourhood, and building a resource of diverse stories, perspectives, dialogues and narratives around the first – and ongoing – Covid lockdown. Working alongside local residents we’ll be creating a brand new neighbourhood podcast as well as Riverside’s own multi-lingual cultural and community publication. We want to continue raising up the experiences, the challenges, and the dreams of different futures, of those living on our doorstep, speaking to our times…

To get involved, get in touch at hello@gentleradical.org. We’re particularly interested to hear from residents in South Riverside…and to engage you in these dialogues and this work…

#DoorstepRevolution