Operation Deep Freeze on Soundcloud

The Avant-Gardeners are delighted to be collaborating with Rosie Oliver of Tickertape Productions to create these short podcasts that take you behind the scenes of Operation Deep Freeze. https://soundcloud.com/tickertapeproductions/operationdeepfreezefeb2014

"Tickertape produce spoken audio podcasts and features about inspiring people and projects. www.tickertapeproductions.co.uk "

Topics: [audio] [community] [gardening] [Greenwich] [ODF]

The Owl Seance

A programme of short films at MK Gallery, March 2014. A journey through the lost A roads of the British landscape as we explore new towns, electronica, suburban witchcraft and the echoes of a haunted past

For more on these themes visit our OWL SEANCE Tumblr

For more information about the video programme visit MK Gallery

Topics: [film and video]

Walk of Shame Tate Britain

Following their Shame Show at MK Gallery in 2013 Mertle Merman, aka performance artist, Caroline Smith and 'Cardinal' Paul are re-uniting to explore a selection of artworks in the Tate Collection.

Join their Walk of Shame

Topics: [In Every Dream Home] [performance] [Tate Britain]

Operation Deep Freeze - the school years

surprising smells and flavours
surprising smells and flavours
Creating the drinks
Creating the drinks

Operation Deep Freeze has begun in the Borough of Greenwich where artists, Lisa Cheung, Rebecca Beinart and Ella Perkins have run sessions in taste exploration with the pupils.

Starting with blind tastings and combining flavours the pupils began to describe the tastes and their responses to them as a way of thinking how they would create a new product. They then went on to produce a flavoured water drink which they named and created a short fun advertisement for.

These early workshops iintroduced the children to the concepts behind the project and also got them to think about where the food flavourings come from; which flavourings could they grow themselves? what language can we use when describing food and flavour?

The explorations now continue in preparation for the launch of the Operation Deep Freeze unit.

Keep up to date with the project on Operation Deep Freeze 

Topics: [cookery] [cookery food arts] [food] [Greenwich] [growing spaces] [school]

Operation Deep Freeze

Operation Deep Freeze is now underway thanks to funding from Arts Council, England's Grants for the Arts scheme and Royal Borough of Greenwich's Community Arts Fund.

Operation Deep Freeze is an investigation into community engagement through uniquely flavoured ice-creams which will be devised by project participants who will also be encouraged to grow the flavour ingredients, create their own ice creams and then take them out on the road in the ODF machine.

Project development workshops are beginning in early December with workshops in local schools.

Artists on the project include; Lisa Cheung, Rebecca Beinart and Polly Brannan

For more information visit the Operation Deep Freeze blog.


Rookhampton Time Machine

October screening
October screening

Rookhampton Time Machine made it to the big, BIG screen this week as part of an outdoor film screening in Roehampton. 


Rookhampton Time Machine

Influenced by the work of a former Roehampton resident, H.G. Wells, this short animation was created in response to ideas of the past, present and future of the area. As part of our ongoing engagement we have been looking at the ideas that informed the building of the Alton Estate and the aspirations the residents have for the future. We worked with residents to collect stories about the area and then shared these stories with children at Heathmere School who illustrated and story-boarded this animation and built their own time machine. The materials collected were then animated by Mak Ying-Ping and narrated by local resident Ed Rowell. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HQQdO3Q-s2Q

This short animation is a collaboration between Avant-Gardening, Mak Ying-Ping / makyingping.com children from Heathmere Primary School and residents of Roehampton.

Topics: [animation] [children and young people] [community engagement] [film and video] [regeneration] [Roehampton]

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 https://spacehive.com/operationdeepfreeze


Topics: [community engagement] [Greenwich]

Coming Soon

A boy. A raven. A time machine.


Topics: [animation]

artwork by polly brannan
website by the useful arts organisation