MOBIS returns from hibernation


Topics: [Bath] [community engagement] [community garden] [family activities] [MOBIS] [Somerset]

Southwark Sunflower Challenge


Topics: [community engagement] [community garden] [Southwark]

Fun Palaces for Nature

Join the Avant-Gardeners using recycled materials to make habitats for our urban wildlife and explore ways of making our homes and gardens more wildlife friendly.       

Bring your plastic bottles and transform them into bird feeders or bug hotels. 

Make your own biodegradable wild flower gnomes

Explore and invent with the Avant-Gardeners.

Sunday 2nd October, 11am - 3pm,

Hounslow High Street 

Topics: [community engagement] [gardening]

MOBIS


MOBIS is the newest collaboration between Lisa Cheung, Sammy Delgado Escobar of Konvertible and Avant-Gardening. Once again we will be exploring fun and creative ways to work with a community to find ways of improving the public realm through creative interventions.

Follow the new blog http://www.greenfoxhill.com to keep up to date with the project.

Topics: [Bath] [community engagement] [green spaces] [mobile allotment]

Experiment with flavour

Avant-Gardening will be running more experimental ice cream making and tasting sessions as part of Open Street London on Saturday, 30 May, 11am - 4pm.  We are really keen to meet enthusiastic urban gardeners who can bring some tasty fresh produce with them and transform it into an innovative ice. 

For more information about the Open Streets day visit http://www.openstreetslondon.com/

Topics: [community engagement] [family] [Southwark] [workshops]

Crocus Field Launch

 Last October hundreds of people came together at Little Marton Mill in Mereside to be a part of the creation of a living artwork with artist Rebecca Chesney and Avant-Gardening as part of LeftCoast’s Growing People programme.  

The goal was to plant 100,000 Crocus bulbs with local residents, businesses, organisations and schools to create a stunning gateway to Blackpool and a new habitat for bees and wildlife.

A public launch to celebrate the planting and flowering will take place at the Windmill on Sunday 8 March at 12pm and includes a local bee walk hosted by Alan Hulme and some delicious homemade soup.  All welcome.

Sunday 8 March 12-3pm

Little Marton Windmill, Blackpool, FY4 4XQ

 

Topics: [Blackpool] [community engagement] [environment] [gardening]

Crocus Field

Little Marton Windmill. Photo Rebecca Chesney
Little Marton Windmill. Photo Rebecca Chesney

Avant Gardening in partnership with LeftCoast and artist Rebecca Chesney are set to create a giant living artwork in the green space around Little Marton Windmill, Blackpool, this month and you can be part of making it happen.

Residents and businesses are invited to roll up their sleeves and get involved with planting the 100,000 crocuses needed to create the ambitious installation over four days from 30 October to 2 November. Everything you’ll need to take part will be provided so this is the perfect chance to let your green fingers get creative.

Not only will the planting create a stunning living artwork that can be enjoyed by local residents but it will also brighten the Preston New Road route into Blackpool for visitors. The crocus field will flower in spring 2015 and will create the perfect habitat for wildlife and bees as well as a torrent of colour around the mill.

Everything you need to get involved will be provided including planting tools, equipment and refreshments.

Planting takes place from Thursday 30 October to Sunday 2 November at Little Marton Windmill between 10am and 3pm daily.

To book your time to come along and plant click here to complete our short booking form or call 01253 477973 and speak to Jade.

Or feel free to drop by and help with the planting.

Topics: [Blackpool] [collaboration] [community engagement] [Creative Roots] [gardening]

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]

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]

Urban Growing Event at Homebaked

Please join artist Polly Brannan from Avant Gardening (http://avantgardening.org/home/) 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]

artwork by polly brannan
website by the useful arts organisation