The Garden

Garden Wall is a space for collective discussion and reflection, one that exists both physically and as a string of virtual, digital and spoken communications. We are excited to be creating an online publication which will harness some of these communal thoughts and feeling responding directly to 'The Garden'.

During lockdown, the ‘Garden Wall’ project has developed from a collective re-appreciation of outdoor space and my own interests in the crossover between art and nature. Reading Derek Jarman’s ‘Modern Nature’ in time with each day of March, April and May, I learnt to be caring and patient towards the little patch of green close to me, finding routine and ritual in nurturing plants through out the recent spring. Flocks of research, reading, thinking, digging, sowing, speaking and seeing has brought the Garden Wall sculpture garden to its penultimate opening, yet it has remained open in my mind, in my conversations and in my ideas since the edge of last winter.

Opening up this discussion, Garden Wall will present an online publication to accompany its first exhibition. With the project arising from collaborative discussions shared with many artists, creatives and thinkers, this feels to be an important first step for the Garden Wall.

We are interested in prompting a platform to interweave these communal ideas, thoughts, feelings and words into a visual and written document.

The Garden Wall space has been considered, planted, documented and discussed over the past few months. Its sturdy soil and barren surface holds space which can be seen and experienced by those passing by. The Garden Wall sculpture garden will not only exist physically outside, but as a digital resource so it can be shared and seen by other individuals both within and beyond the local area.

This new publication is a space to ponder and think, opening up space for the Garden Wall ethos to be established through an informal exchange of ideas. We will enable collaboration to be planted and nurtured by facilitating a series of collective activities in the garden and continue developing our connections with a diverse array artists through open discussion. The contributions will be formulated into an online accessible pdf which will be accessible on our website soon.

Screenshot of instagram messages with contributing artist Hannah Doucet

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