Alchemy Film & Arts are honoured to partner with Dandelion, a nationwide creative arts programme, and contribute to its Unexpected Gardens project.

Culminating in hundreds of harvest festivals in September 2022 — from the Scottish Borders to the Outer Hebrides — Dandelion’s Unexpected Gardens project is designed to bring together artists, scientists, musicians, performers, technologists and communities to reactivate sites across Scotland including car parks, coastlines and community libraries. 

Alchemy’s contribution to Unexpected Gardens will manifest as a creative programme of events in partnership with Hawick’s existing community gardens, building on the town’s thriving growing activities and inviting Borders communities to explore ideas of belonging, migration and memory, with a particular focus on food and its relationship to trade, movement, colonialism and political resistance.

Alchemy’s contribution to the Unexpected Gardens project sees the appointment of a new Creative Producer. Rudy Kanhye is a French BIPOC artist, curator and environmental arts producer of South Asian and Portuguese origin. He holds an MLitt in Curatorial Practice from the Glasgow School of Art, an MA in Fine Art and a Postgraduate Diploma in Architecture from the University of Leeds Beckett, and a BA in Fine Arts from the National Superior School of Art in Dijon, France.

In 2013, Rudy was Assistant Curator for the Sharjah Art Foundation exhibition /seconds in Dubai. He has curated and published books with Grizedale Arts and artists Laure Prouvost and Ryan Gander, among others. Rudy is also part of the Incidental Unit initiated by Barbara Steveni, and the Study Centre for Group Work initiated by Caroline Woolard. In 2020, he created with the Harvest festival at SWG3 with Angus Farquhar.

Rudy’s practice uses food as a lens and tool to observe landscapes in transformation. Through participatory art interventions, curatorial projects and research, he seeks to rethink the structures of food production, commodification, and communality, creating sensory and site-specific eating experiences. His poetic narratives of the journey from seed to table unpick the concept of ‘local’. His work is multi-disciplinary, strongly visual and often collaborative. He deeply believes that objects can be transformers of spaces, conversations, and meetings. His interest lies in food justice and finding new places for populations — in particular BIPOC communities — to gather and reconnect. His work is multi-disciplinary, strongly visual, and often collaborative.

“We’re delighted to welcome Rudy Kanhye to Hawick and the Alchemy team,” Rachael Disbury, Alchemy Film & Arts Director, told local press. “Rudy’s expertise as a creative practitioner and facilitator of arts projects exploring politically complex and socially urgent ideas through food is considerable. His contributions to our town’s fabric and our creative programme will be most welcome.”

“We’re honoured to be building on our community programmes in Hawick through Dandelion’s Unexpected Gardens project,” Rachael continues. “We’re excited to be working with some of the town’s gardens to strengthen community and generate opportunities for discussion and meaningful engagement around the food we grow and eat and how it relates to history, to colonialism, to community resilience.”

We are currently seeking a Musician in Residence to respond and produce new creative work in connection with Unexpected Gardens. This response may involve a participatory programme and/or the creation of a new piece of work to be presented at the project’s culminating harvest event in September 2022.

Fee: £4368 (plus small allowance for local travel/subsistence)
Hours: 20 days (or 115 hours worked flexibly across more days), plus attendance/performance/presentation at harvest event on 10/11 September 2022
Location: Hawick, Scottish Borders
Deadline: Thursday 10 March 2022 (12pm)