The round House

During the Artist Residence Program Rhod 2013 in Wales, Maria Rebecca Ballestra has develop a project about sustainability and eco-living in collaboration with local farmers. During the three weeks of residences the artist had the opportunity to visit few eco-villages like Lammas, a project created to pioneer an alternative model of living on the land. It empowers people to explore what it is to live in a low-impact lifestyle. The project centres around the eco-village at Tir y Gafel, in north Pembrokeshire. It combines the traditional small holding model with the latest innovations in environmental design, green technology and permaculture. Other interesting community project documented by the artist are: Brithdir Mawr www.brithdirmawr.co.uk and the round wood house www.thatroudhouse.info  and the innovative organic farm, like Troed y Rhiw Organic www.troedyrhiwfarm.co.uk, Dyfed Permaculture Farm Trust and Penyrallt Home farm www.penyrallt.co.uk, or the gardening project created and developed by Nature Wise www.naturewise.org.uk  The series of photo works is a documentation of artist experience in the eco-villages in Wales, as alternative social model of living.

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