Kingston goes Avant Gardening

Avant Gardening's Suburban Treasure Hunt

Avant Gardening works with local communities to develop creative responses to environmental issues like global warming, recycling and bio-diversity, through encouraging participants to creatively reconsider their relationship with their local environment. For this year's Kingston Summer Art Season the Stanley Picker Gallery has invited Avant Gardening to work with our local community on a range of participatory activities involving art, gardening and food, that will map-out the suburban location of the Gallery for all our visitors. An extended programme of activities will culminate in a celebration event and workshops for local residents of all ages and interests to discover the Gallery and enjoy what it has to offer

Topics: [Stanley Picker Gallery]

Avant Gardening for Well London

Avant-Gardening have been commissioned by the Arts Council/Well London to run a programme of food and growing projects on the Barnfield Estate in Woolwich. Outreach sessions will begin in the spring with a full programme of community based events taking place in the publicworks designed Mobile Porch during the summer

More information will be available in the projects section shortly

Topics: [art] [community engagement] [Greenwich] [growing spaces] [Well London]

Flowers in the Wood

Avant-Gardeners Kamala Katbamna and Paul Green will be at the Feeling Good Neighbourhood Pride event on

Saturday 13 March

12 - 4pm

Kamala will be running the Growing Stories workshop where visitors will be able to share their stories with Kamala in exchange for a cutting or seedling to nurture.

Paul will be exploring the green spaces of the Flowers Estate and asking residents about their use of and aspirations for these potential growing spaces

Venue: Alexander McLeod School, Fuschia Street, Abbey Wood. SE2 0QS

Topics: [community engagement] [Flowers in the Wood] [growing spaces]

Avant-Gardening's new website

As you may have noticed, Avant-Gardening has a new website that has been created by Dorian Moore of The Useful Arts Organisation. We will be adding to the content, links etc in the coming weeks but in the meantime please explore ...

During the upload of the lovely new website we may have missed some of your e-mails so please re-send any correspondence you may have sent in the last 48 hours.

New Mobile Allotment

Lisa Cheung test drives the new Mobile Allotment unit
Lisa Cheung test drives the new Mobile Allotment unit

Avant-Gardening have a new member of the Mobile Allotment family. Artist, Lisa Cheung, has designed and built a new unit to join the existing two pieces. The new unit is a mobile, multi-functional planting unit that can easily be used by a single person and has been built for maximum flexibility. The brief for the unit was to make a piece that was fun, easy to move and had both storage and workspaces.

The new addition to the Mobile Allotment has been funded by London Borough of Greenwich and will soon be seen on the streets of the borough dispensing green wisdom and gardening tips

Topics: [Greenwich] [mobile allotment]

Mexican Sugar Skulls decorating workshop

Get Moving, Get Fit, Get Avant Gardening Fanzine

Get Moving, Get Fit, Get Avant-Gardening

Get Moving is an intiative by the Time To Change campaign that aims to challenge discrimination against people who suffer mental ill health. As part of this initiative Avant-Gardening will be at the Greenwich NHS Get Moving Get Fit festival at Greenwich Heritage Centre (click here for map) on Saturday 10 Oct 1.30pm - 4.00pm.

Research has found that physical activity can have a positive effect on mental well being and what better way to exercise than through some avant-gardening or an walk through your nearest green spaces. Autumn is a great time for walking and enjoying our natural environment and to this end Avant-Gardening will be mapping the walks that people enjoy, the peaceful spaces where they can unwind and celebrating the open and green spaces in the borough of Greenwich.

If you have a walk you want to share or a favourite space where you can get that much needed 5 minutes of peace and solitude please add it to our map.

Get Moving, Get Fit, Get Avant-Gardening Greenwich

You will need to sign in to Google Maps to edit this map. You can add photographs, map your walking route and embed videos

And why not come along to the Greenwich Heritage Centre on Saturday as an active social life is another way of boosting mental well-being. On Saturday we will be creating another of our fanzines; this time focusing on positive mental health and the benefits of gardening and re-engaging with the natural world. If you have any anecdotes or photos you would like included you can e-mail us at

Avant Gardening The Barbican Fanzine

Avant Gardening Spitalfields

Thanks to all those who came to look at the Mobile Allotment and spent time helping us to create this fanzine
(click on square in navigation box for full screen view)

artwork by polly brannan
website by the useful arts organisation