We Are Ditton Fields

"Hilary is a connector – bringing together other members of the community that wouldn't otherwise connect. Giving us a sense of community, of pro-activeness."

Resident

‘Make Ditton Fields a happier place to live!’

Initiated to address the high turnover of tenancies on Ditton Fields estate, my 12 month commission – with City Homes and Abbey People - was to work within the community to bring about long lasting behavioral change using Hidden Insights methodology to find solutions within the community.

 

Through developing the We Love Ditton Fields project I built strong relationships with residents and stakeholders. Taking time to get to know residents, through pop-up art sessions, developing a social media presence, installing notice boards to share information and really getting to understand the residents and their needs, leaving a legacy of artwork, mosaics and murals in the park as well as film and photography.consulting, organising and exploring funding streams to develop the vision. 

‘Hilary Cox Condron is Community Glue’

Dave Doggett, Chair of Cambridge United

 ‘Hilary is a connector – bringing together other members of the community that wouldn’t otherwise connect. Giving us a sense of community, of pro-activeness. Hilary is addressing vital issues within the area concerning the destructive youth element in Ditton Fields by aiming to facilitate positive methods of social inclusion.’

City Council Housing Officer

I took a group of local children to an East Area Funding Committee to put forward their request for a new park and artwork in Ditton Fields - which we won! I worked with residents to design the park and develop a ‘Reclaim the Rec’ project - from determining the layout of the rec and the equipment installed, planting wild flower gardens, making raised herb beds, creating a community built installation and developing, commissioning and making a large scale community built mosaic. I am still very dedicated to this community and am now a trustee of Abbey People.

"Art cannot change events. But it can change people. It can affect people so that they are changed... because people are changed by art – enriched, ennobled, encouraged – they then act in a way that may affect the course of events... by the way they vote, they behave, the way they think.”

― Leonard Bernstein

Email Hilary at mshilaryc@gmail.com

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