RHS Tatton - Art School Allotment
I have contributed to The Tatton allotment Public Engagement project for the Royal Horticultural Society since 2013. It has become an annual opportunity for academic, technical and support staff to showcase their creativity.
The Art School Allotment in 2013 had 20 contributors producing Allotment artworks. A central exhibit was the Art School Cabbage patch, with ceramic cabbages, created in homage to pieces in the V&A and co-inciding with their exhibition Deception: Ceramics and Imitation.
The Tatton Project has become a place for staff to explore their practice, to work towards a collective and collaborative 'exhibition' and to share their skills and expertise with each other and in turn the general public.
Importantly it replicates the learning model of 'Unit X', bringing staff together to achieve a collctive output, demonstrating the 'soft skills' necessart to collaboration, teamwork and co-production. My contributions have in the main been to encourage interaction with the exhibits for the visiting public and encouraging creative engagement.
Tatton 2014 - the 'Village Show', introduced the use of ceramic transfer printing thorugh exploring the tradition of 'Best in Show" on a porcelain plate.
The focus for 2015 was a response to the annual issue of public seating at the show. "Garden Beach" saw the re-design of 40+ Council Deckchairs. The beach proved popular, as did the 'Big Brother Shed' complete with video feedback booth. My contribution to the 2015 show was a collaborative piece entitled "The Invisibility Tardis Shed of Navel Contemplation" - a garden shed clad inside and out with mirror acrylic so that it 'disappeared' into the environment, only showing the reflection of its surroundings; and provided 'infinity' reflections from the inside, complete with mirrored disco ball.
In 2017 we provided an interactive piece where artists 'in residence' at the show decorated greenhouses, with contributions from the public also.
In 2015 and 2017 my pieces were featured during BBC Gardeners World coverage at RHS Tatton Flower Show.