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]

Barnfield Community Feast

This Saturday, 19 March, join Avant-Gardener, Lara at the Barnfield Community Feast, where she will be planting and distributing seeds to grow in the community garden.

There will be plenty going on on the day, which is a celebration of the three years of Well London working on the estate. The feast will include a variety of stall from local organisations and community groups and there will be a talent show organised by BTEC Performing Arts students from Plumstead Manor/Negus School

Celebrating Barnfield and Long Walk Community Feast Event

Sat. 19 March, 12 - 5.30pm

Barnfield Estate, Barnfield Road, Woolwich. SE18 3HU


Topics: [Barnfield] [community engagement] [Greenwich] [growing spaces]

New Project page

A new project page has been added for the Flowers in the Wood project. We are asking residents of the Flowers Estate in Abbey Wood to share their thoughts about the green and open spaces on the state and how / if any of these spaces could be utilised for food growing or to improve the bio-diversity of the area

Topics: [community engagement] [Flowers in the Wood] [Greenwich] [growing spaces]

Mobile Allotment goes to Bethnal Green

Thanks to funding from Awards For All the Mobile Allotment is about to be planted ready for the summer by pupils at Oaklands School, Bethnal Green. During the summer term the pupils will be turning the mobile allotment into a sensory garden that can be explored through taste, smell and the vibrant colours of summer.

Artists, Polly Brannan, Kamala Katbamna and Lisa Cheung will be leading workshops to redesign the mobile allotment, explore the sensory properties of plants and to spread the word as to how easy it is to become an urban food grower. The young people's garden will be on show at various venues during the summer months

Topics: [growing spaces] [mobile allotment] [Oaklands School] [sensory garden] [Tower Hamlets]

Avant Gardening for Well London

Avant-Gardening have been commissioned by the Arts Council/Well London to run a programme of food and growing projects on the Barnfield Estate in Woolwich. Outreach sessions will begin in the spring with a full programme of community based events taking place in the publicworks designed Mobile Porch during the summer

More information will be available in the projects section shortly

Topics: [art] [community engagement] [Greenwich] [growing spaces] [Well London]

Flowers in the Wood

Avant-Gardeners Kamala Katbamna and Paul Green will be at the Feeling Good Neighbourhood Pride event on

Saturday 13 March

12 - 4pm

Kamala will be running the Growing Stories workshop where visitors will be able to share their stories with Kamala in exchange for a cutting or seedling to nurture.

Paul will be exploring the green spaces of the Flowers Estate and asking residents about their use of and aspirations for these potential growing spaces

Venue: Alexander McLeod School, Fuschia Street, Abbey Wood. SE2 0QS

Topics: [community engagement] [Flowers in the Wood] [growing spaces]

artwork by polly brannan
website by the useful arts organisation