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]

Greenwich Cabinet of Curiosities Workshops

Time to take another look at the Royal Borough of Greenwich! We are running a programme of workshops across Greenwich to explore the local area to create materials for the Greenwich Cabinet of Curiosities. The workshops will be informal explorations of the borough where participants can join in mapping the borough, creating pages for the first of our fanzines celebrating the borough, have their tales recorded or just share a story or anecdote about the area. We would also love to see any photographs that people may have of the area or other artefacts that we could document for inclusion in the Greenwich Cabinet of Curiosities and the exhibition at the end of the year. All workshops are free and open to all

Greenwich Heritage Centre, Woolwich - Thursday 5 April 1pm - 4pm

Charlton House Cafe - Thursday  12th April 3pm - 5pm

West Greenwich Library Sat 14th April 1pm - 3pm

Greenwich Heritage Centre, Woolwich - Saturday 21 April 1pm - 4pm

Plumstead Library - Friday 27th April 3pm - 5pm

West Greenwich Library (as part of Adult Learners Week) - Thursday 17 May 3.45pm - 5pm

Topics: [Charlton] [fanzines] [Greenwich] [mapping] [Plumstead] [psycho-geography] [Woolwich] [workshops]

Avant Gardening workshops in Soho

Poster Zine workshop with Avant Gardening - Wednesday March 28th 5.30pm - 7pm, £5

2 Newburgh Street  London, W1F 7RD

Book your place here me@jotta.com
Ever wondered who was here before? What the shops were, who has lived and worked in this area? are there any clues we can find by looking and exploring the architecture and the street itself?
We will research, discover, unravel the stories behind Newburgh St and share the findings through a poster fanzine. Tracking the changing landscape of Newburgh Quarter, we'll create a timeline of the area using archival imagery and interviews with local residents.
We'll ask participants in the workshop to look at what has come before and then to imagine future possibilities, what do you see this land being in the future?
The finished fanzine will be online at Jotta.com and avantgardening.org as part of their ever growing collection on fanzines made all around London and beyond and will be accessible for anyone to download and print and distribute themselves.
If your interested in illustration, fanzines, history, art, mapping, collage, journalism, editing, photography and design then come buy and help us create a DIY publication in a...DAY! Also if you are local or know the area well please do drop in and see Polly and the team or email her directly and share your stories, photos and objects with them - they would love to hear all about it.
Polly Brannan is an artist and co-founder of London based artist collective Avant Gardening.

Polly On the Edgware Road

Our lead artist, Polly Brannan, will be contributing to the up-coming exhibition 'On the Edgware Road' which makes public three years of research generated by the Serpentine's Edgware Road Project. The exhibition includes installations, films and performances, both at the Serpentine Gallery and at the Centre for Possible Studies, the project's home. The exhibition allows visitors to experience the findings of the artists and local partners involved in the Project and highlights future programmes that will unfold throughout the next year.

Polly has worked with the Serpentine as an artist, educator and curator for the last 8 years and has been heavily involved with the ambitious Edgware Road Project at the Serpentine Gallery and Centre for Possible Studies since it first launched. Polly will be collaborating with Jackson Lam, an independent London based designer http://jacksonlamstudio.com/ and co-founder of Hato Press http://hatopress.net/ on the production of several publications, archives, active discussions and presentations with various Edgware Road users as well as the general public. This artist led project by Polly and Jackson has been derived from CAMP'S software project 'edgwareroad com', an open publishing platform and archive for self organised local research which features in the exhibition.

'On the Edgware Road' 6-28 March 2012

Join Polly and Jackson at the free public drop in events: Possibility Archives

Greenwich Cabinet of Curiosities

Avant-Gardening are excited to have received funding from Arts Council, England, for their latest project, The Greenwich Cabinet of Curiosities. The project is envisaged as the first of a number of cabinets which will explore place through local knowledge and curate and capture this into a co-curated mobile archive unit. 

For more information see the Project Page or 'like' the Cabinet on Facebook 

The Place Where Plums Grow

Find out more about our new project to bring orchards back to the Woolwich Common area. This project is still being developed and we will be looking for volunteers to collaborate and join in with us on this ambitious new project http://www.avantgardening.org/projects/the-place-where-plums-grow

Lavender Hill Christmas Procession

Thursday 8 December starting at 4.30pm at the Battersea Arts Centre Christmas Market.

Avant-Gardening will be leading a lantern procession from the Christmas Market to Gideon Road, where there will be a gospel choir singing carols.

Avant-Gardener, Polly, is currently working with Wix Primary School and Shaftesbury Park School to create lanterns influenced by the local area and the children will be leading the procession up Lavender Hill singing a new song they have created with the artist. Come and join us and get the Christmas season off to a festive start

Come and join us transforming your empty plastic milk bottles into festive lanterns in the Lower Hall at BAC, Thursday, 8 December 2.30 - 4.20pm

Extra big thanks go out to Hilary Blackburn and the Level 3 Extended Diploma Art and Design Course students from New Vic 6th form who built the props for this event: 

Abdul Ahmadzai

Ayrton Castro

Inayat Hassan

Iona Hudson

Eillyne Khan

Muhammad Mujahid

Nurul Shumon


Topics: [children and young people] [public art] [Wandsworth]

Sowing the Seeds

Sowing the Seeds is a newly published report into London children's engagement with nature. Avant-Gardening was one of the groups interviewed for this report that investigates strategies for re-engagement. 

The report can be downloaded from http://www.londonsdc.org/lsdc/research.aspx and a short report highlighting the issues identified can be found in today's edition of The Standard. http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/standard/article-24011324-green-spaces-are-an-alien-world-for-one-in-seven-london-children.do

Topics: [children and young people] [green spaces] [nature] [urban]

artwork by polly brannan
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