Sharing in Oxfordshire’s Arts Community

We’re delighted to be joining up with the Green Arts Oxfordshire Network (GAON) and ShareBee for GAON’s first monthly Action Group next Wednesday 20th April at 12pm (on zoom), which will be focusing on how the arts community in Oxfordshire can share more.

Green Arts Oxfordshire Network is a community bringing the arts and cultural sector together in this climate emergency to collectively work towards climate justice and a zero carbon future. Have a look at their charter, resource kit and opportunities on their website. We are excited to meet some of key groups and organisations in this space, looking to implement libraries of things or equivalent setups to share their resources and make use of arts materials that are no longer required.

ShareBee is a new platform offering a peer-to-peer model for sharing, making it really quick for people to set up their own libraries of things, or just share a few of their own items, either to the public or a “hive” of friends or neighbours. We’re excited about the potential for this in Oxfordshire and we feel this sort of lending could complement what we do here at SHARE Oxford well, hopefully starting with some artists sharing hives soon!

GAON will be hosting monthly online or in-person meetings open to everyone. Each month, they will explore a different creative topic with the intention of forming dedicated Action Groups that act in response to the conversation.

This first Green Arts Action Group meeting will ask: How can we share? Creatives of all kinds face challenges sourcing materials and resources for projects sustainably. Join the conversation on how we can work together to source, transport and dispose of materials sustainably and locally where possible, thinking of creative solutions and factoring this in at the project planning stage.

Whether you’re in the arts community or not, we’d be delighted if you’d like to join to discuss building our sharing community here in Oxford and beyond. And if you can’t make it, do feel free to add comments below or get in touch with ideas or questions!

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