What's Mine is (Y)ours?1 Oct 2015 – 30 Jun 2016
What's Mine is (Y)ours? was a residency/project at the University of Exeter led by dramatherapist and theatre practitioner Samantha Wraith, exploring marginalisation and intangible cultural heritage*. The project took the form of an artist residency followed by a processual exhibition in June 2016.
The project formed part of the Exeter Enquires programme, co-ordinated by the University of Exeter and supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. The aim of Exeter Enquires was to bring artists together with University departments and community settings, in order for artists to creatively communicate research at the University and innovate within their practice.
Samantha’s residency, hosted by academics in the University's Law School, focused on intangible cultural heritage, marginalisation and copyright. In other words Samantha investigated the customs and the identity of people from different backgrounds and how these are remembered or forgotten, for example by recording them digitally. Some voices may wish to be heard for posterity, some may prefer to remain anonymous, some may be lost, when no-one pauses to listen.
Coming out of Samantha’s investigations was a processual exhibition**, entitled What’s Mine is (Y)ours? which evolved over the course of June 2016 at Exeter CVS, Wat Tyler House, King Willliam Street, Exeter. Over the life of the exhibition Samantha invited people to build, explore and develop the themes through performance and artistic expression in a variety of ways. Visitors could drop into the exhibition to add to the content with their stories and ideas, informally, through workshops, focus groups and a blog
*Intangible Cultural Heritage means the practices, representations, expressions, knowledge, skills – as well as the instruments, objects, artefacts and cultural spaces associated therewith – that communities, groups and, in some cases, individuals recognise as part of their cultural heritage. Find out more about intangible cultural heritage on the UNESCO website.
** A processual exhibition is one which is 'under construction' during the exhibition period. Either the artist or other invited people add their own contributions during the exhibition.