Explore the gallery gardens through a ‘wild drawing’ creative practice developed by artist Bryony Benge-Abbott.
This workshop for adults will move between the micro and macro, studying botanical patterns under magnifying glass and engaging sensory responses to landscape through embodied techniques such as drawing with breath and sound. Working outside, you will experiment with mark-making using found natural objects, before collaborating as a group to transform drawings into patterns using Althea McNish’s vibrant palette.
This workshop will introduce you to a mindful creative practice to strengthen experiences of nature connectedness. You will leave with a collection of drawings inspired by the garden and, as a group, will have produced a new surface pattern design that will later be incorporated into a wider project led by Bryony Benge-Abbott called The Colour of Transformation. This Arts Council England-supported film project explores the possibilities of personal and collective transformation in response to biodiversity loss. Workshop patterns will be printed by Bryony onto textiles to be featured in a film celebrating contemporary Black British women pioneers in climate justice and conservation. As co-creators of the patterns, we hope you will join the film launch in October.
This workshop begins with a short tour of the Althea McNish: Colour is Mine exhibition.
Please wear comfortable, weather appropriate clothing and sturdy shoes. If it rains on the day, the workshop will take place indoors, working with botanical specimens. Note: Participants will not be able to touch the flowers as some are toxic. Those with allergies need to be mindful that the event is working with flowers and nature outside. Participants should be 18+
These workshops are supported by Arts Council England.