Paradise at Tyntesfield and Leigh Woods

The Green Room (c) Paul Blakemore

The Green Room (c) Paul Blakemore

As part of PARADISE, the contemporary art exhibition at Tyntesfield and Leigh Woods, an exciting and diverse programme of events, talks and workshops delivered by national and international artists has been planned this autumn. These include: experiments with compost and gold leaf, family play weekends and discussions exploring the design of our environment.

Leigh Woods will welcome Assemble with Spirit of Play, a participatory experimental play and research project for all ages. Co-hosted by Arnolfini as part of PARADISE and The Promise, Mud Play (25th – 26th October) offers the perfect opportunity to get messy in the woods with mud pies, slides, boards, bonfires and disguises – the perfect way to ignite curiosity and imagination!

The Saw Mill, Tyntesfield will present PARADISE Symposium on Friday 17th October, an inter-disciplinary seminar that will explore the design of environments and our relationship to them. Speakers include Ruth Gooding, Trust New Art, National Trust, Assemble, National Trust Curator Stephen Ponder, London Fieldworks, Axel Wielder, Curator of The Promise, Arnolfini.  Taking place from 10.30am – 4.30pm, the event costs £15 pp and includes garden entry to enjoy PARADISE along with a light lunch.

The Green Room, the new sensory and edible meeting and learning space near Tyntesfield’s Orangery, has become a centre for soil preparation after being created by Owen Griffiths and Fern Thomas.  It will play host to a series of free events that will consider the way our natural resources are used and the impact this has on sustainability and ecology:

  • Creative Compost: Sat 4th October, 11am – 4 pm

Creative Compost are a pair of passionate organic gardeners who simply love nature. In this dynamic workshop you will explore different composting techniques, both practical and theoretical.

  • Katherine Ball: Sat 11th October, 11am – 4pm

Join artist Katherine Ball (USA) for hands-on experiments in mushroom inoculation and fermented foods! In this collaborative workshop you will learn how to create your own living, edible mushroom sculptures and experiment with new methods of preserving and pickling, creating delicious Kombucha, Kimchi, Kefir and Miso!

  • Shelley Sacks, University of the Trees & Earth Forum: Sat 18th & Sun 19th October, 11am – 4pm

From the Green Room, Shelly will invite participants to connect directly to the environment of Tyntesfield and access the transformative potential of the site through collective working.

  • Introducing University of the Trees and Developing a Field of Awareness: Sat 18th October, 11am – 4pm

Shelley Sacks will introduce the concept of the University of the Trees and connective practice, in relation to the field of social sculpture.

  • Earth Forum: 19th October, 11am – 4 pm

Earth Forum is a social sculpture-connective practice that opens up a direct encounter with the earth, with our self and with each other. No preparation is necessary and attendance at both days is not required.

  • Nina Saunders: Gold Leafing Workshop – Saturday 1st November

Join artist, Nina Saunders and learn the art of decorating objects in gold leaf. Nina will also discuss other different materials and creative processes she uses in her practise, such as taxidermy, needlework and upholstery.  A selection of unique objects will be provided to decorate on the day, visitors are invited to bring their own personal items to work with.


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