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, and that using people as resource, simply perpetuates colonial dynamics. So how do we build relationship, 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 tries to speak to this. Our base is in Riverside, so we’re interested in what can happen in this neighbourhood over 5, 10, 20 or 30 years, when we stay put, and focus on where we are. How might we think about ‘engagement’ differently if we maintained a commitment to place, so attention could be lasting, and we resist the remit of funders that demand we keep moving onto the next project? How do we change the very language of ‘engagement’ so these terms themselves might become redundant, as neighbourhoods and the people in them, become the permanent source of their own sustained engagement…

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

This project is supported by a grant from the National Lottery Community Fund. If you’d like to get involved, then get in touch at hello@gentleradical.org especially if you’re a resident of South Riverside…

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