Growing Art Club

Topics: [Anfield] [design] [fanzines] [gardening] [Homebaked] [Liverpool] [Liverpool Biennial]

Operation Deep Freeze

Operation Deep Freeze ODF is an art and food growing project to create a mobile ice cream vendor that explores the relationship between edible plants, nutrition, flavours, tastes and aromas through the creation of inventive ice creams which community participants will devise, create and market. The project will be a collaboration between Lisa Cheung and Avant-Gardening, who, together will deliver an exciting programme that starts with food growing and ends with a cycle powered ice cream vendor from which unusual and delicious ice creams are shared alongside artists interventions, creative workshops and performances. ODF is a curious hybrid: part iconic ice cream vendor, part field research laboratory, part traditional ice cream maker. It invites participants to act as researchers, scientists, tasters, ice cream makers and eaters and encourages them to think about how the food we grow can appeal to all of our senses as well as learn more about the nutritional and health benefits of food.
For this project we are hoping to raise funding through a combination of grants and crowd funding. Our crowd funding page is hosted by Spacehive


Topics: [community engagement] [Greenwich]

Coming Soon

A boy. A raven. A time machine.

Topics: [animation]

Urban Growing Event at Homebaked

Please join artist Polly Brannan from Avant Gardening ( for an informal discussion about projects she has been involved with around gardening, local environments, play and public spaces. Polly will be joined by Weston Hammond, artist in residence at Anfield Primary School who will talk about the gardening project he and his students have been working on.

This event is part of a series of talks organized in collaboration with Liverpool Biennial and will form a basis for ideas and discussion around a Homebaked growing project with local residents.

There will be plenty of room for discussion and sharing of knowledge.

We will offer freshly baked Pizza. If you grow your own food, bring some vegetables for toppings!

Tuesday, July 16, 6-8pm!


Topics: [community engagement] [community garden] [Liverpool Biennial]

Base Camp and Beyond at Dulwich Picture Gallery

Gallery Gardeners: Base Camp and Beyond!

Dulwich Picture Gallery

College Road

London SE21 7AD

Thursday 8 and Friday 9 August
6 – 8 year olds 10.30am – 12.30pm
9 – 11 year olds 2.00pm – 4.00pm

Explore, play, design, build and make in this two day hands-on outdoor course. Help to construct ‘Base Camp’ in the gallery grounds and from there go on nature trails working as explorers; researching the natural surroundings of the gallery. Hear folk tales, make maps, prints and a fanzine using natural materials. Design and build a bird house or a mini-insect city to take home!

COST: £25 for both days including materials

Please note this activity takes place in the gallery grounds. Please wear weather appropriate clothing, a tent will be provided in case of rain

Booking is essential. Please ring 020 8299 8732 
or email:
Buy online here

Wanted. Creative urban planners

Sydenham Home Park eco-city
Sydenham Home Park eco-city
Creating the eco-city at Sydenham Home Park
Creating the eco-city at Sydenham Home Park

Join Avant-Gardening at the Family Fun Day as part of Sydenham Arts Festival.  We will be turning trash into recycled treasure and working with visitors to make a mini eco-city.  

Fancy yourself as the architect of an innovative and sustainable mini eco-city? Then bring your cardboard, empty water bottles and boundless imagination and creative ingenuity and help us make a model city

Sunday 30 June, 2pm - 5pm, Home Park, Sydenham

For more information

Roehampton Time Machine

Avant-Gardening is running a new project to create a short animated film with local school children. Based on The Time Machine by one-time local resident, H.G. Wells, the animation will be inspired by stories and anecdotes shared by local residents and will then be illustrated and shaped by the participating children. Watch this space for more information

Got a story to share?
Join Avant-Gardener, Polly, in Roehampton Library on Wednesday 5 June 11am - 1pm

Topics: [children and young people] [community engagement] [film and video] [psychogeography] [Roehampton] [school] [storytelling] [Wandsworth]

Walk the Thames Trail

The Thames Trail is a project by Viewfinder Photography exploring the Greenwich Riverside. Viewfinder are producing an app to guide participants through the history of the area which will be launched shortly.  

Avant-Gardening's Paul Green has been invited to lead a walk along the river, from the Cutty Sark to the 02 looking at the nature that intermittently breaks through the historical industrial landscape. 

Download the Thames Trail app and bring your camera as we explore Greenwich's riverside landscape

Places on the walk are FREE but need to be booked in advance. For more information and to book a place visit

Topics: [environment] [green spaces] [Greenwich] [walks]

MK Gallery Video Space

Derek Jarman, The Queen is Dead
Derek Jarman, The Queen is Dead

Avant-Gardening's Paul is this months guest curator of the video space at MK Gallery, Milton Keynes. The films selected for this programme were chosen as they represent parts of a complex cycle of heightened emotions and the societal and psychological factors which can contribute to an individual’s perception of self. The films range from the reflective through to a pop art visualisation of war and destruction and explore the complexity of a symbiotic interaction between the individual and society.

Films incude:

Tanaami KeiichiCrayon Angel (1975) 3mins

Yukio MishiimaYukoku AKA Patriotism AKA Love (1966) 28 mins

Derek Jarman, The Queen is Dead (1986) 6mins

Standish Lawler Necrology (1970) 11mins

Marianne Heske Phrenological Self-Portrait (1976) 8mins

Sandra LahireLady Lazarus (1991) 25 mins

MK Gallery, 900 Midsummer Blvd, Milton Keynes MK9 3QA

Topics: [film and video] [In Every Dream Home] [Milton Keynes]

The Shame Show

Caroline Smith
Caroline Smith

Caroline Smith and Paul Green: The Shame Show

Thursday 30 May / 6.30pm

The Shame Show is an interactive game/variety show hosted by Mertle (performance artist Caroline Smith) who will be subverting notions of popular entertainment as she investigates concepts of shame with her audience.

The evening will be divided between Mertle’s probing her guests in a series of interviews with guests such as a psychotherapist, philosopher and unrepentant ne’er do wells and a participatory game show where the audience can confess and relieve themselves of their burden of shame.

Like a deranged flashback from the golden days of light entertainment combined with an informal supper club, where the canapés of shame absolve the participants of their negative emotions, The Shame Show is an emotional exorcism that deals with psychological complexities in a manner that is both surprising and enlightening.

Caroline Smith is a performance artist whose work explores the peripheries of stand-up comedy and art. In her Mertle persona she has looked at people’s complex relationships with food and eating disorders. Mertle herself is from another time, the 1950’s, where a housewife was as adept at emotional self-restraint as she was with making a Victoria sponge and consequently she acts a repository for people’s intimate moments of self-doubt or insecurity . Mertle becomes a non-judgemental listener and the audience become increasingly aware that beneath the confidently domestic exterior is a woman who shares their insecurities and self-doubt.

For this performance Caroline will be collaborating with Avant-Gardening whose ongoing curatorial side project In Every Dream Home a Heartbreak takes a fresh look at sexuality and gender representation in non-mainstream culture. Avant-Gardener Paul Green will be animating the space with moments of shame in popular culture and the two will use the performance as a way of exploring future collaborations.

MK Gallery

Topics: [In Every Dream Home] [Milton Keynes] [performance]

artwork by polly brannan
website by the useful arts organisation