What is a Squilometre?
A Squilometre is a creative celebration of neighbourhood heritage. Archaeologists place a metre square down and choose that area to draw, photograph and survey, and this inspired the Squilometre technique. We look closely at a square kilometre, to provide links between the people of that nieghbourhood. As a community, we uncover what's shaped this place in the past, and what makes it 'home' for us today. Then we get creative and celebrate it together!
- A Squilometre works street-by-street. We encourage a community to nominate any street or feature in their place for a creative project. Everyone then gets a chance to vote for the nominations. The topic with the most votes is the one that moves forward next. At the moment we're finding we can run around one or two a year but if you'd like to move your nomination forward more quickly, why not drive it yourself! We can provide resources and support to show you how.
- A Squilometre operates in Gift. No charge should be made to view its events, exhibitions or performance. Instead people should be asked to make a Gift donation that will Pay it Forward so that the next project can happen. In that way, people can see and trust that their Gift goes around and around inside their very own Squilometre bringing neighbours together and people out of their homes to share and celebrate all the things that make their place special. This is how we come together and make stronger bonds.
- A Squilometre is a way for artists of all kinds to embrace the communities they live in and care about and for a community to recognise their own artists. We love to work with the artists in the places that they live.
- A Squilometre allows the people in that place to commission their own creative activity. To be fully involved in it and to make the decisions about how it should be. Anything goes, from decorative planting, to henna workshops, from star-gazing with poetry to street dance. They do this in "Pods" of activity - anyone with a love for a topic can form a "Pod" or steering group. Together we find a new voice.