SEWN SEEDS: Arts and Permaculture Event

A dance and visual arts project exploring permaculture and sustainability through public performance, exhibition and workshops

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On 14th Nov 2017 we successfully raised £165 with 13 supporters in 28 days

You can help us make a difference, promoting positive environmental change and community engagement through permaculture, contemporary dance and visual arts!

How can we have a positive impact on our planet? How can we not only reduce our pollution, waste and unsustainable ways of living, but also work with nature and each other to create positive change? Maria Lothe & Co believes that art can be a catalyst for building and strengthening relationships across communities, and in turn bring about social and environmental change.


is an interdisciplinary and community inclusive event, investigating permaculture and sustainability through a collaboration between contemporary dance and visual arts. The event will take place at hARTslane in South East London, a not-for-profit experimental art space.

The exhibition will feature performances across the weekend choreographed and performed by Maria Lothe, interacting with an installation made from recycled materials by artists Iva Decheva and Devora O’Neill.  There will be illustrations by guest artist Marketa Senkyrik, and a PermaCorner, where visitors are invited to sit down, enjoy books and engage in conversations.

An introduction to permaculture will be given by Tish Vail from Social Landscapes, a London-based permaculture enterprise set up to engage communities to create places that support personal, social and ecological well being.

Tish will introduce the basic principles of permaculture and facilitate a discussion on how we might introduce permaculture into our own communities. 

Additionally we will be holding a free children’s arts workshop using recycled materials, facilitated by our visual artists.

Through art, this project aims to engage the local community and beyond, in an inspiring, motivating and inclusive way, and to provide ideas of how we can work together as a community to bring about positive benefits both for us and the planet.


Permaculture takes it's inspiration from observations of ecological systems and patterns in nature. Through its ethics and principles, it provides practical methods of how to develop sustainable human environments.It’s three core principles are Care for the Earth, Care for People and Fair Share. Whilst often associated with rural areas, its principles are equally applicable in urban environments.


Is led by Artistic Director Maria Lothe, originally from Norway. Through dynamic collaborations, she engages performers, visual artists, composers and researchers from across Europe in her projects. Following her training in Choreography and Improvisation (The School for New Dance in Norway), and Contemporary Dance (Trinity Laban in London), she has performed and choreographed in venues such as The Place, Attenborough Arts Centre, Footprint Festival, Camden Image Gallery, Rich Mix, Chisenhale Dance Space, The Roundhouse and more.
Lothe approaches difficulties in society with humor and at times an absurd approach, using voice and objects as well as movement. The company creates visual and moving landscapes for questions of structures in society to sit in, in dialogue with the audience.


The event is a continuation of the research Can You Hear the Sound of the Flowers, which was supported by Exit Visa, The Place, ThinkBig 02, The Artworks Elephant, K5 Studio and The Greenhouse Deptford.
SEWN SEEDS wants to explore formats of how to present art in a sustainable and community engaging way, and this event will be a way of testing ideas to the public. The company wants to continue developing workshops, performances and talks, and present it in unconventional spaces to reach out to a wider audience outside of the arts. Their aim is to be able to tour the project across the U.K. and Norway, and engage communities in creativity and permaculture. SEWN SEEDS is currently supported by Ugly Duck, hARTslane and The Greenhouse, Deptford.


As an emerging, independent company we need your help to reach our current and future goals, and to make the project sustainable for the artists involved. We believe we can inspire positive change, and you can be a part of both supporting independent art and promote a sustainable and balanced lifestyle with our planet. As a non-funded project, with your support we will be able to reach a wider public and other potential supporters and investors, to keep the project alive.

Your contribution will go towards
Paying the dedicated artists involved
Documentation for future opportunities
Online marketing to make the project visible to the public and potential supporters
Set design and costume
Flyers on recycled paper and eco friendly ink
Gallery hire
Arts workshop for children
And most importantly towards a sustainable future through art and permaculture!

Thank you for reading about our project, 

together we can work towards a positive, sustainable future!

With warm wishes, Maria Lothe & Co

Video Credits:

Film and edit by Hannah Parsons

Music by Kharm


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