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Bone Meal, Glasgow International 2018

From Friday 20th April- Monday 7th May there was an exhibition, event and performance entitled ‘Bone Meal’ running at The Hidden Gardens as part of Glasgow International 2018.

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Bone meal brings together six Glasgow based artists to show new work at The Hidden Gardens.  Using performance and writing to develop sculpture, sound, and video installations, our work engages with the living and life-supporting elements of the garden.  (Glasgow International 2018, Festival Guide, p.57).

We interviewed two of the artists/ performers Suzanne and Amy whose work was called “Time Pieces”

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What is the inspiration for the installations?

The formed space of the Garden itself and its geometrics and the tools we have been working with allows for playful interaction with the Garden’s space, each other and the tools.

Why is the exhibition important?

It brings six different Glasgow artists together and invited outside artists for a collaborative project. It allows a series of pieces ‘to happen’, when you have this opportunity.  An idea gets to be manifested, working with your own time, not clock time, realising a different sense of time and finding your own time in nature.

What do you hope the public take from the exhibition?

We want to invite people to keep their own time too, it’s important for people to see that art and play can be the same thing. Working together allows artists to reflect off each other.

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How has the experience of working together over these years changed the way you work?

Both of us have developed a new sensibility through a shared understanding, paying attention to an intimate close relationship, rather than a global context of social media and inter connectivity, trying to stay connected through art.

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The exhibition was interesting and thought provoking, we would like to thank all of the artist’s for their contributions and hard work.

James, volunteer

 

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Scotrail planters

Bees, butterflies and moths have quite limited options for food in the city but, Pollokshields East train station’s mixed planters are a delectable buffet with their choice of nectar-rich flowers, such as the verbena and lavender. Many of the plants, for example the ivy, provide a helpful habitat for tiny insects and other little creatures.

Our volunteers, who do most of the planting, take great pride in keeping their local train station looking and smelling great – all that lavender and rosemary is quite a treat for the senses! They are keen to play a part in supporting the area’s biodiversity and often comment on this.

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Driven by feedback from volunteers, the planters are all quite visually different. The range of wildlife-friendly plants include pretty flowers and structural evergreens, with grasses and some familiar herbs. There are also plants with interesting textures, such as the incredibly soft lamb’s ear.

Through maintaining the Pollokshields East planters, our volunteers learn how to maintain wildlife-friendly raised beds. That knowledge can then be used in their own garden space. And for those without their own garden, they get the therapeutic benefits of both working with plants and doing something positive for the local community, their community. Passengers sometimes stop and ask us for the names of certain plants, and on occasion we’ve had passengers stop to thank us for what we’re doing

Lynne, Garden Assistant & Volunteer

 

 

 

 

Farewell to allotment

After 14 years engaging the local community in growing fruit and veg and discovering wildlife at Plot 10 – the Community Plot at New Victoria Gardens Allotments off Glenapp St, Pollokshields, The Hidden Gardens have recently handed the plot back to the committee so that they can engage another local organisation to continue this work with other community and school groups. The Hidden Gardens has worked with everyone from toddler groups at PDA to local primary schoolchildren from local schools in Pollokshields and Govanhill, secondary schoolchildren from schools for those with learning needs and various adult community groups.

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A lunch was held at the plot on Fri 16th August to thank all NVG plot holders, committee members and Southside Housing Association who have supported us and given us advice over the years. Past and present volunteers had an opportunity to enjoy the space they have helped to nurture over the years – digging the wildlife pond, building & maintaining the beds, growing produce etc. The plot will be missed by all, but we will be continuing this project at The Hidden Gardens – growing produce and exploring wildlife with nurture classes from local schools. The Hidden Gardens will also continue to offer wildlife activities for all at public events such as Bioblitz on Doors Open Day 16th September 2017 and our volunteers will still continue to maintain The Hidden Gardens and the planters at Pollokshields East station.

Many thanks to all who have supported us over the years and I am sure will continue to do so when the plot is handed over to another local community group.

Andrea Gillespie, Volunteer Manager

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The Buzz on Bees

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The Hidden Gardens commissioned artist Lucy Payne to design some new interpretation panels all about bees. The panels are located in some of the most bee-centric areas of the Gardens: the White Wall Border, the Mint Border, the Herb Border and the Floral Meadow. Have a look for them next time you are in the Gardens!
You can also find pictures of the panels in our flickr album.

 

Our Hidden Gardens

In Summer 2016 The Hidden Gardens embarked on a pilot project that brought together participants from all of our programme strands with some others who had never visited the Gardens before. They embarked on a 12 week programme  of activity that centred on arts and creativity, horticulture and the environment and health and wellbeing.

Allotmenting, Ceramics, Foraging, Cooking, Walking Mindfulness and spoon carving were some of the activities tried, and Artist Ewan Sinclair worked with the group, producing a series of beautiful digital drawings which were collated into a keepsake publication for participants.

Ewan’s images can be viewed on the project blog: ourhiddengardens.tumblr.com

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‘Potting On’