The Bartlett Visiting Research Fellowship, UCL

Faculty of the Built Environment, University College London

Inside a Green Backyard  (2015-), Jessie Brennan's Metal Peterborough residency project

Inside a Green Backyard (2015-), Jessie Brennan's Metal Peterborough residency project

11 January - 1 April 2016

Jessie Brennan is a recipient of The Bartlett Visiting Research Fellowship 2015-16. 

As part of its annual Visiting Research Fellows programme, The Bartlett is offering five Visiting Research Fellowships to scholars and practitioners from any cognate discipline to be resident at UCL for a 12-week period from January - March 2016.

Jessie Brennan will explore ways in which a practice-based research project in collaboration with a grassroots (newly charitable) organisation, The Green Backyard (GBY) – an urban ‘community growing project’ in Peterborough – can contribute to debates around regeneration and community land rights. It explores inter-cultural interaction between the predominantly Portuguese, Polish, Italian, Asian and white British communities in Peterborough by seeking to develop and expand existing community networks at GBY. Specifically, the project invites participation from socially and culturally diverse local communities as a form of tacit resistance to redevelopment. It attempts to challenge the narrative told by Peterborough City Council of the need for planned redevelopment of the site and intends to offer alternative evidence – in the form of a visual and audio archive – for the social use and value of the land. 

For further information about the project, as it develops, please see Metal Peterborough. #InsideGBY