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 a resource perpetuates colonial dynamics. 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 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. If we focused on culture as a force for transformation when attention is lasting, and funders don’t demand we move on to the next project? How do we change the language around ‘engagement’ so 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