Rosita McKenzie with Camilla Adams -
Two Voices III/Horticulture Behind the Scenes
With audio commentaries by David Knott, Rosita McKenzie and Paul Nesbitt
Inverleith House, Lower Ground Floor Gallery
29 November 2008 to 8 February, 2009
Meconopsis with Netting
© Rosita McKenzie. Courtesy of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, 2008.
This exhibition was the third in a series of exhibitions describing the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh through colour photographs taken by the blind artist and disability consultant Rosita McKenzie. The twelve colour photographs on display were taken during May and July in and around the Garden's Nursery facility and Glasshouses at Inverleith - which are used for the propagation and growing of plants used for research and display (before being moved to the areas of the Garden open to the public).
Each of the photographs was accompanied by raised images drawn by the artist Camilla Adams, which provided tactile interpretations and an audio commentary describing the photograph in words - and its significance for the horticulturist and Rosita herself.
The previous two exhibitions (Two Voices I and II) resulted from Rosita's response to the Garden's outdoor collections and its taxonomic research, respectively. The aim of the series is to widen accessibility to the Garden - and to art, for all visitors.
Was born in London in 1954 and has worked as a general Disability Equality Consultant, artist and educator since the 1980s, and from 2003 as Specialist Advisor to the Scottish Arts Council working principally with the Visual Arts Department in Edinburgh. As a visual artist, she has collaborated with Camilla Adams on five exhibitions: Access All Areas (Pyramids of Portobello) (Travelling Gallery Exhibition; various venues around Scotland); Roof Tops of Edinburgh (Holton Lee, Dorset, England); Views of Aberdeen University (Aberdeen); Temptation Denied (Portobello Community Centre, Edinburgh) and Back Stage (The Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh). Until recently, she served on the Board of the Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop and in 2007 she received an UnLtd and Millennium Award for her work from The Foundation for Social Entrepreneurs - and an Arts trust for Scotland award. Forthcoming exhibitions include participation in an exhibition devoted to the work of blind photographers from around the world, to be held at the University of California Museum of Photography (Summer 2009).
Was born in Cuckfield, Sussex in 1981 and graduated with a BA Honours Degree in Fine Art from Kingston University in 2004 - before winning a scholarship to study Fine Art in the USA and exhibiting in Michigan. Now based in Edinburgh her work encompasses photography, design and illustration, publications and commissions. Camilla won the Dupliquick Zebra Award for one of her Fringe Festival poster designs in 2008; this was for the children's show ‘Koko the Crocodile', based upon the book also illustrated by her. She also implemented and delivered an arts programme for children of all ages in Tanzania and has facilitated workshops with children and young people in Scotland. She has worked with Rosita McKenzie on five exhibitions (see above).
Inverleith House wishes to thank: Rosita McKenzie and Camilla Adams; David Grinly for technical assistance in the taking of the photographs and Chris Dooks for recording and editing the audio commentaries.