Come and enjoy ‘The Garden Project / Prosiect Yr Ardd’ mixed show online where you can detox, refresh and feel inspired for the new year ahead with some inspirational art.
The exhibition has a community focus based in the village of Dyffryn Ardudwy, which is located on the coastal road between Barmouth and Harlech. The exhibition also includes a wider group of artists based within 60 miles of the gallery. All artists have been inspired by nature and their gardens to make fresh works for the exhibition.
Mima was inspired to start the Garden Project following the initial lockdown in March 2020 and decided to start up a ‘micro stall’ in front of the gallery with an honesty box. The plants were a mix of organic vegetables, herbs and edible flowers. They proved to be really popular and Mima really enjoyed sharing her passion for growing with others. Mima also loves a good story and generally talking gardens. She thought it would be interesting to track down some of the plants and visit the gardens where they ended up and to meet the people behind the plants with the aim of creating a photographic collection of gardener’s portraits. The idea was to encourage growing, engage with the local community and lift the spirits during such a terrible year. Mima took to social media and word of mouth to find some willing volunteers that had picked up plants from the micro stall and who were happy to take part.
The gardens came in all shapes and sizes and so did the stories. Many gardeners were at different stages with their growing experience and a few were growing for the first time. All the gardeners shared a pure joy and love for growing and everyone seemed to want to continue in different ways, despite some big storms in the middle of the summer that proved a challenging growing year. The resulting portraits offer a tiny glimpse into the gardener’s worlds and show a community united through their love of growing. The photos are displayed as a montage to create one piece representing the connections made in the community through the plant stall. At the end of the exhibition the montage will be divided and gifted to the plant owners in the same way the seeds were sown and then divided to provide homegrown food in the area. Future ideas to carry on from the exhibition and continue working with the community, include setting up a community and sculpture garden for all to enjoy together. Thanks to the arts council of Wales and National Lottery funding Mima is able to gift the pictures to the gardeners at the end of the exhibition as a memento for taking part in the project and making it through a very tough year.
All artists have created new works exclusively for the exhibition and were inspired by their gardening environments in 2020. Many works are on sale on the website and there is also a selection of videos on the website that include the artists speaking about their works and inspiration during Mima’s studio visits. The guest artists list includes:
- Annabel Cooper - Botanical Paper Sculptures
- Dorothy Taylor - Paintings
- Ffion Gwyn - Paintings
- Harri Carmichael - Jewellery and Lithographic Prints
- Iona Pickard - Crafts
- Jane Williams - Ceramics
- Kim Dewsbury – Paintings
- Kim Sweet - Ink on Paper
- Mima - Photography
- Sue Terrey - Felted Wall Hangings
- Susie Liddle - Mixed Media
- Terrence Bunce - Ceramics
Mima would like to thank the Arts Council of Wales and National Lottery for part funding this project through the Individual Stabilisation Fund.
The exhibition continues virtually online until 24th January with a click and collect service for artwork sales. All sales from the exhibition are not for profit. Visit the website at www.tymeirion.co.uk to view the exhibition from the comfort of your home, where you can view artworks, watch videos and take part in a virtual art competition which is open to adults and children with prizes for different age categories on the theme of ‘My dream Garden’. 2021 is the year for dreaming up our ideas and making this world a more beautiful place our hearts know is possible.