What's Mine is (Y)ours?


What's Mine is (Y)ours?


From 6 - 27 June 2016, the What's Mine is (Y)ours processual exhibition took place in the Exhibition Space, Exeter CVS, Wat Tyler House, Exeter.    Visitors to the exhibition were invited to  make their own contributions to the exhibition in workshops and discussions.

As part of the exhibition, a project blog was created, recording the experiences and thoughts of the artist hosting the exhibition, Samantha Wraith, along with images of the exhibition as it progressed. Click on the link below to read the project blog.

Project blog: https://wmiycocreate.com/


What's Mine is (Y)ours? was a project 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 initiative, 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, focussed 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.

What is Intangible cultural heritage?

Intangible Cultural Heritage means the practices, representations, expressions, knowledge, skills – as well as the instruments, objects, artifacts 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.








What is a processual exhibition?

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.






More about the artist

Samantha Wraith is an Artistic Director of Encounter Theatre & Therapy (ETT), along with her Co-Director Amerie Rose. ETT  is a leading-edge arts and health social enterprise bringing meaning to life through socially-responsive theatre and dramatherapy.  They work on the principle that opportunities for self-expression empower and transform. ETT understands that culture is a co-created, live experience and they instigate cultural development by embracing challenges together, upholding that the more inclusive the cultural sphere the better it is for everyone.

Self-reflexive practice is a core principle running through the organisation. The company’s two artistic directors combine their expertise in theatrical, therapeutic and leadership processes with their growing skills portfolio. They breathe creativity, innovation and a sense of playful seriousness into every aspect of their company.








The What's Mine is (Y)ours? exhibition (6 - 27 June 2016) was a processual exhibition exploring marginalisation and intangible cultural heritage, created by Samantha Wraith, of Encounter Theatre & Therapy. The exhibition followed the artist's residency in the University of Exeter Law School.  People were invited to add their own stories and thoughts about intangible cultural heritage during the course of the exhibition.

As part of this project, the artist will be considered the effects that trauma and challenging circumstances can have on cultural inclusion both in 'real-life' and online.


Performance Tangification Sessions

During the exhibition, Samantha Wraith extended an open invitation to local artists and interested participants to create performance together, musing on the subjects of marginalisation, participation and intangible cultural heritage.

The purpose of these sessions was to experiment with ways to capture the performance digitally, uploading to the project blog and explore copyright, and consider ownership of the work created.

In her residency, Samantha focussed on marginalised communities and practices, with ‘cultural trauma’ as a metaphorical and artistic lens, inspired by research at the University. This event was co-created with Amerie Rose of Encounter Theatre and Therapy. 

The Performance Tangification Session themes were 'Creation' and 'Destruction'.

Capturing Culture: experiential discussion groups

During the exhibition two opportunities were provided for artists, academics, cultural and community professionals and interested participants  to join Samantha Wraith in a discussion around how intangible cultural heritage; how important is it? how might it be captured and protected? There are many issues concerning how we might reach out to marginalised groups who are absent from cultural discourse; how do we reach them? should we reach out to them? what are the ethics of collecting and recording intangible cultural heritage?

This discussion was partly informed by the evolving contents of the processual exhibition.

Public Engagement Evening

Towards the end of the exhibition period, a public engagement evening was held in the exhibition space.  Attendees were invited to join University of Exeter, Exeter Enquires Artist in Residence Samantha Wraith and her collaborator Amerie Rose, both Co-Artistic Directors of Encounter Theatre & Therapy, for an evening of conversations, networking and celebrations inside the What’s Mine is (Y)ours? processual exhibition.  Presenting their ideas alongside Samantha was one of the academics whose work activated this boundary stretching public engagement experience: Together they introduced the art works and imprints of intangible cultural heritage that were expressed in the evolving exhibition. They considered marginalisation, tangification, copyright, and how these have been playing out through presence, absence and creative participation in the Exeter CVS Wellbeing and Engagement Hub throughout the month of June.


What’s Mine is (Y)ours? was supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.