Clan-Kind helps people living in Plymouth develop a deeper connection between place & community by bringing together diverse groups to learn about the natural or built heritage in their neighbourhood in a participatory and unexpected way.
Using community art to forge new and original bonds with each neighbourhood's natural assets. Clan-Kind develops creative ‘micro-nations’ or clans focused around celebrating their natural heritage be it tin mine, prehistoric cave, silted creek, forest, orchard, castle or cove. Clans developed so far include ‘Children of the Dead Lake’, ‘The Creek Defenders’, ‘The Stone Bone Clan’ and 'The Whispering Whirlpools'.
Workshops and go & see trips bring to life the heritage of their chosen site. Then creative, historical and environmental practitioners help develop a clan identity, name and bespoke culture including ritual, dance, regalia, recipes, craft, planting, design all inspired by their location's past and present.
Clan-Kind was inspired by the Settlement project and working in partnership with Native American artist Cannupa Hanska Luger. This work additionally acts as a bridge for Plymothians, enabling them to access contemporary art from the indigenous people of North America.
Clan-Kind explores heritage as not just information but inspiration and is funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Arts Council England and Mayflower 400.