Katy Hawkins trained in interdisciplinary urban design. She co-authors projects with artists, makers, writers, horticulturalists and communities. These are collaborations forged around sites and situations, creating the time and space for connections to be made between people and place, and always informed by research and appreciative enquiry. For her residencies at Metal in Peterborough and Southend, Katy will explore strategies for public engagement to cultivate ‘care and curiosity’ for green spaces. This will include researching the history of the chosen sites; observing and creatively recording usage; hosting user walks and conversations; and working alongside the grounds maintenance teams to develop her ‘care-taker’ performance work.