The Gratitude Enquiry


Over the next three years I will be working on three new projects, all springing from an exploration of ideas about gratitude, and how this expresses relationships with others, the world, and ourselves.

The first phase is a year of Research and Development, during which I will work with a group of artists and participants to test the ways of working, and to explore the ideas that underpin the enquiry. I am passionate about working across art forms, and the team of artists include musicians, dancers and visual artists as well as theatre makers. I am also committed to working across generations, with both artists and participants drawn from a wide age range.

Why Gratitude?

Sociology and Psychology researchers are increasingly interested in gratitude, as an emotion and a moral value. Without it people are often isolated from one another and from their environment. Since arts work is so often dependent on and a facilitator of connectivity and belonging, this three-year enquiry aims to bring together academic research and action research to understand how being able to be thankful is so key to our well being.

The three projects I will be trialling are….

I live in it

A performance project working with community performers from 14 to 85 years old.
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This project is built on the practice of bread making. The ritual of yeast-based bread…. will provide both the stepping off point for gathering material, and the structure of the performance itself.  At the Ovalhouse in September 2016
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Fan Mail

This is a chance to write to say thank you to people we haven’t thanked. They can be alive or dead, they can be people we know or celebrities. Part of the Sydenham Festival 2016: Open workshop July 3rd, launch event July 10th
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