Avant Gardening in Residence

Artist Polly Brannan, of London based Artist Collective Avant Gardening, will be resident in the Project Space at MK Gallery throughout October, developing an on-going research and action based project.  Using the Project Space as base camp, Polly will be working offsite for the majority of her time leading up to a programme of screenings, live- events, workshops, walks and explorations. She will also be working towards a series of events offsite exploring both the urban and more rural surroundings of Milton Keynes.

For more information visit http://www.mkgallery.org/education/projectspace/avant_gardening/

Topics: [gardening] [green spaces] [Milton Keynes] [residency] [urban planning] [urbanism]

Art in the Garden

Avant-Gardening will be joining the lovely people at the Dulwich Picture Gallery on the 1st, 8th and 29th August as part of Art in the Garden

Art in the Garden

Every Wednesday in August 2 - 4pm

Come and join in five weeks of fabulous creative workshops in the beautiful Gallery gardens. These weekly family drop-in sessions are an established part of summer at the Gallery. Bring a picnic, sit on the lawn and watch the artwork grow

Weather permitting

£3 per child

Topics: [children and young people] [dulwich] [family] [workshops]

The Greenwich Garden


As part of City Noises, Avant-GArdening have been invited to curate a programme of workshops, talks and interventions in a specially created space at the Peninsula Festival. 

The Greenwich Garden 

Friday 27 July - Lead artist Emily Tracy

11am Each morning the Avant-Gardeners will start the day with some gentle gardening and a herbal tea. Join us as we help nurture that miniature gardens that will be passed on to local community groups at the end of the festival

12am Help create an alternative garden by making flowers from discarded bottles and plastic cups.  Yesterday’s trash will be transformed into today’s recycled garden2pm Using corrugated plastic and silhouette participants will make their own lantern depicting Greenwich’s iconic buildings, the river, its history and importance to the area.

4pm Help create the wishing satellites - spheres created from recycled cups. Add images, wishes and thoughts to create a garden of spheres 

Saturday 28 July - Lead artist Jo Peel

11am Each morning the Avant-Gardeners will start the day with some gentle gardening and a herbal tea. Join us as we help nurture that miniature gardens that will be passed on to local community groups at the end of the festiva

Kite making workshops times TBC Scrawl Collective member and seasoned kite-flyer Jo Peel, will be visiting the Greenwich Garden with her kite-making workshop. Create your own beautiful sky-dancer and prepare to take to the skies on nearby Blackheath

Sunday 29 July - Lead artists Rosie Oliver and Avant-Gardening

11am A slow start for a lazy summer Sunday Avant-Gardeners will start the day with some gentle gardening and a herbal tea. Join us as we help nurture that miniature gardens that will be passed on to local community groups at the end of the festival. 

1.30pm Rosie Oliver of dotmaker tours will be joining Paul Green of Avant-Gardening for a psychogeographic celebration of the eccentricities of Greenwich Peninsula and creating a creative commons map. Join us as we circumnavigate the festival site looking out for the layers of history and experience that will help us to understand the Peninsula’s history and how this may influence its future 

Monday 30 July - Lead artist Polly Brannan

11am Each morning the Avant-Gardeners will start the day with some gentle gardening and a herbal tea. Join us as we help nurture that miniature gardens that will be passed on to local community groups at the end of the festival

1.30pm Watercolour challenge. Explore the views of the Greenwich Garden or the surrounding area and create your own watercolour. All brushes, paper and paints will be provided. Do not fear if you have never painted before that’s all a part of the fun! 

3.30pm The Greenwich Garden Zine. Help to create the Greenwich Garden fanzine - an collection of stories, anecdotes and gardening tips from visitors to The Greenwich Garden

Tuesday 31 July - Lead artist Polly Brannan

11am Each morning the Avant-Gardeners will start the day with some gentle gardening and a herbal tea. Join us as we help nurture that miniature gardens that will be passed on to local community groups at the end of the festival

1.30pm Watercolour challenge. Explore the views of the Greenwich Garden or the surrounding area and create your own watercolour. All brushes, paper and paints will be provided. Do not fear if you have never painted before that’s all a part of the fun! 

3.30pm The Greenwich Garden Zine. Help to create the Greenwich Garden fanzine - an collection of stories, anecdotes and gardening tips from visitors to The Greenwich Garden

Wednesday 1 August - Lead artist Emily Tracy

11am Each morning the Avant-Gardeners will start the day with some gentle gardening and a herbal tea. Join us as we help nurture that miniature gardens that will be passed on to local community groups at the end of the festival

12am Help create an alternative garden by making flowers from discarded bottles and plastic cups.  Yesterday’s trash will be transformed into today’s recycled garden

2pm Using corrugated plastic and silhouette participants will make their own lantern depicting Greenwich’s iconic buildings, the river, its history and importance to the area.

4pm Help create the wishing satellites - spheres created from recycled cups. Add images, wishes and thoughts to create a garden of spheres 

Thursday 2 August - Lead artist Emily Tracy

11am Each morning the Avant-Gardeners will start the day with some gentle gardening and a herbal tea. Join us as we help nurture that miniature gardens that will be passed on to local community groups at the end of the festival

12am Help create an alternative garden by making flowers from discarded bottles and plastic cups.  Yesterday’s trash will be transformed into today’s recycled garden

2pm Using corrugated plastic and silhouette participants will make their own lantern depicting Greenwich’s iconic buildings, the river, its history and importance to the area.

4pm Help create the wishing satellites - spheres created from recycled cups. Add images, wishes and thoughts to create a garden of spheres 

Friday 3 August - Lead artist Polly Brannan

11am Each morning the Avant-Gardeners will start the day with some gentle gardening and a herbal tea. Join us as we help nurture that miniature gardens that will be passed on to local community groups at the end of the festival

12pm Imagining Greenwich - Over the course of the day we invite participants to help create a map of the Greenwich Peninsula using recycled materials and plenty of imagination. During the day we will host guided tours of the fantasy model of Greenwich and ask what will Greenwich look like in the future?

More dates to follow.....

Entry to City Noises is paid for but we are arranging for free entry to some Greenwich Garden workshops and special community days.  More information about free entry will be available soon please e-mail paul@avantgardening.org for more info as it becomes available

Peninsula Festival, Area 12, Greenwich, London

 

The Greenwich Garden


The Greenwich Garden is a temporary space created for play, debate, gardening and social interaction that will spring into life between 25 July and 12 August 2012 when we will be offering a wide range of interactions and workshops ranging from kite making to seed ball production, gardening workshops to lantern making, fanzine production to natural dye workshops. We will also be hosting informal debates and salons in the garden and inviting local people to propose their manifesto for public spaces and a greener Greenwich. 
Located in an almost forgotten urban oasis and against a facade of Greenwich’s iconic buildings, designed and built by award-winning designer Hilary Blackburn, we invite you to join us and to become an integral part of the design and development of the space. As the residency progresses The Greenwich Garden will fill with colour as more community groups and local residents plant their miniature gardens which will be a repository of their hopes and aspirations for the future. The gardens created will, at the end of the residency, be donated to local community groups to enhance their green spaces and carry the wishes of the participants back into the community to create a legacy for the future
The Avant-Gardeners are currently planning a wide-ranging programme of activities and a full timetable will be available online shortly.

To keep up to date with all the latest news please keep an eye on the following websites

www.avantgardening.org

www.streamarts.org.uk

http://greenwicheast.blogspot.co.uk/

The Greenwich Garden is a collaboration between Avant-Gardening and Stream Arts and is made possible through funding from Awards For All and Arts Council, England. The work will be exhibited as part of City Noises, an EU funded exhibition that will be resident at  Area 12, Greenwich Peninsula between 25 July and 12 August 2012

Google Map link to site for The Greenwich Garden

 

Topics: [architecture] [community engagement] [environment] [Greenwich] [regeneration]

Avant Gardening at the City of London Festival

Polly dispensing wild flower seed prescriptions at City of London Festival
Polly dispensing wild flower seed prescriptions at City of London Festival

The Avant-Gardeners are delighted to have been asked back to the City of London Festival this year following on from our residency with the Mobile Allotment at Moorgate in 2010

Go Wild with Avant-Gardening

This year the Avant Gardeners will be offering you the chance to refresh your garden or green space of choice with its wild flower prescription service. We will be working with our clients to prescribe a mix of seeds to bring some flower power to your garden

Wednesday 4 July 11am to 6pm: Devonshire Square, EC2M 4WQ

 

Pickle Prescription Parlour at the Gherkin

Enter the weird and wonderful world of pickling in this lively, interactive mobile garden. Learn a range of delicious cucumber reciples, create your own spice mix and even print your own seed packet. Discover the basics of pickle at the base of the biggest pickle of all, the Gherkin!

Wednesday 18 July 11am to 6pm: 30 St Mary Axe (The Gherkin)

Check out the full programme of activities and events at this years City of London Festival 

Topics: [City of London festival] [urban gardening]

River Paths

Avant-Gardening is delighted to be collaborating with Stream on River Paths a programme of creative interventions and projects that aim to investigate the historically rich riverside area of East Greenwich. As the area enters a period of regeneration we aim to develop projects that document the area and respond to the changes.
The first such project The Greenwich Garden will create a temporary community space, a place for conversation and engagement. 

As part of River Paths curator Paul Geen has been hosting a number of strolls along the historic wharves of East Greenwich, looking at the history of the area and the potential for community engagement in the future.

The next walk will take place on Saturday 30th June at 1pm. Meet outside the Cutty Sark Tavern to join this free walk along the river path

In Every Dream Home, a Heartache

Mertle Merman
Mertle Merman

As part of Wide Open School at the Hayward Gallery, in Fritz Haeg’s Sundown Schoolhouse of Queer Home Economics at the Hayward Gallery, Southbank Centre. SE1

Advance tickets available from Southbank Centre website

In Every Dream Home, a Heartache

a day of events and activities co-curated by Paul Green of Avant Gardening

Sunday 17 June 11.00 - 20.30

The received images of housekeeping in contemporary Western society are generally based on mid-century concepts of domestic havens; a nuclear family with clearly defined gender roles and power structures. Any deviations from this norm were given short shrift in the post-war world of the mid-20th century, so where did the queer voice fit into this seemingly perfect construct and how have perceptions altered in recent times? During the day Avant Gardening will be looking at the tensions between the role of the gay person as 'the other' and the juxtapositions between the concepts of domestic bliss, the outsider and the concept of a queer home economics.
Drawing on the high camp imagery of both mid-century domestic bliss and even camper negative stereotypes of gay 'outsiders' from popular culture we will be creating a fanzine that explores the role of home economics in the popular imagination. As part of the creation of a fanzine we will be looking at alternatives to the traditional perceptions of domestic bliss, considering the pressures of conformity and the contemporary view of a gay household. We will also be considering the rituals of domesticity employed to keep the spectres of dirt and disorder from the home and will be joined by Mertle (performance artist, Caroline Smith) for her Butoh inspired cleansing rituals. As Mertle herself explains:
Now, you might have a question about cleaning an aspect of your gorgeous homes-and-garden. Perhaps your nautical theme has left your carpet dripping wet. Your pedigree partner puked up and stain busters refused to bust. Or you may – dirty blighters that some of you are- have a question about cleaning your actual selves. Who knows.All questions will be answered by Mertle. The best will win a Prize. At the very least you can scrub off that perma-stain. To ask Mertle your question visit http://www.carolinesmithonline.com/2012/06/mertle-mermans-butoh-manifesto-and-tent-cleanse-at-the-hayward-gallery-london/
We will also be joined by Radical Faeries; White Rose and Faerie Query who will be on hand to talk about the international community of Radical Faeries.
Artist Paul Harfleet will be talking about his work and his interests in the implications of identity, citizenship and its influence on the navigation and memory of the urban environment. He augments and re-contextualises various sites and objects by allocating them with new meaning or significance often through drawing, photography and intervention, from his on-going Pansy Project which involves the artist planting pansies at the site of homophobic abuse to his current focus on masculinity, cultural homophobia and the iconography of punishment and execution.
Overseeing the day’s activities will be artist Paul Elwick and Avant-Gardeners Paul Green and Polly Brannan who will be facilitating the production of the fanzine - an old school, lo-fi, cut and paste publication to be created by the participants at the day. The Avant-Gardeners will also be offering wild flower seed prescriptions and hosting a potluck lunch - so bring your delicious delights to share with everyone! Throughout the day we will be intermittently relaxing to a specially compiled playlist of music that ricochets from the fuzzy sounds of vintage rock to sensual classics ripped from the soundtracks of the annals of exploitation sinema.

 

Topics: [collaboration] [fanzine] [film and video] [Hayward] [performance]

Picnic in the Pleasaunce

Diamond Jubilee Weekend is undoubtedly THE weekend to shake out the picnic blanket and head to the local park. In Greenwich on Saturday 2 June 12.00 - 17.00 the place to be is the East Greenwich Pleasaunce where Avant-Gardening will be joining the party and collecting more stories for the Cabinet of Curiosities and launching our new community focussed summer project

For more details about Picnic in the Pleasaunce click here

Topics: [Diamond Jubilee] [East Greenwich] [Greenwich] [picnic]

In the news again..


Avant-Gardening's ongoing partnership with Welcare in Greenwich has been spotlighted in the Royal Greenwich Time newspaper again this week. We began our partnership with Welcare in Greenwich in 2009 and since then have delivered a programme of activities including the creation of the Mobile Allotment and the piloting of the Place Where the Plums Grow project. The Big Dig is a Capital Growth initiative to encourage participation in the rapidly increasing numbers of community gardens and allotments across London

The Place Where Plums Grow


The first stages of our project, The Place Where Plums Grow, which aims to bring a selection of fruiting trees back to the Woolwich Common and Plumstead Common areas of south London is featured in this weeks edition of Royal Greenwich Time

In the coming months we are looking for more community groups, businesses or schools that may be interested in being involved when we roll the project out in the autumn. We are shortly going to be inviting local business to sponsor a tree and get involved with their local community by supporting the planting of trees and the development of a rich community education programme that will look at the history and folklore of orchards. We will also be developing an education strand looking at the role of trees in supporting bio-diversity, caring for your orchard and collecting delicious recipes to enjoy the fruits of the community's work 

More information about The Place Where Plums Grow can be found on the project page

 

 

Topics: [community engagement] [food] [Greenwich] [orchard] [urban farmers] [Woolwich]

artwork by polly brannan
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