Please note, we are keen to understand what support and access requirements participants in this day of workshops might need. Please tell us and we will do our best to support you. We are investigating having a creche on site if there is demand.
Saturday 2 September, 11am – 3pm
Do ecologies speak? What kinds of thinking are plants doing? How do we relate to our vegetal kin?
Explore these questions in a garden study day at Forgan Arts Centre. Join artists, writers, gardeners, foragers and scientists to delve into the sensory life of plants. We’ll playfully unpick ideas of vegetal intelligence, ponder what a sentient ecology means for relations between humans and other species, and ask how we might move differently through a garden, recognising everything is animate.
Organised by artist Rowan Lear, with invited companions: plant scientist Emily May Armstrong, curator and chef Lydia Honeybone, botanist Greg Kenicer, artist and writer Hussein Mitha, and ecologist Keith Skene.
Guided activities include:
a workshop looking beyond gardens as colonial, bordered spaces
instructions for outdoor games in communicating across species
a taster menu of plants to help us think and herbs to help us digest
a walk exploring the intelligence of our ecosystems
a talk on the folklore of thinking and speaking plants
Conversations with Plants is organised as part of the creation of The Sentient Garden, a multisensory microcosm within the wider garden environment at Forgan Arts Centre.
What to bring
The study day will take place both inside and outside, so participants should prepare for the weather with appropriate clothing. Otherwise all materials will be provided including refreshments and a light lunch. The event will be relaxed, most of the activities can be accessible to wheelchair users and there will be seating available. Children are welcome but should be supervised by an adult.