Naturally: Garvald Artists at the Botanics

Naturally: Garvald Artists at the Botanics

Sun 9 Feb — Sun 23 Mar 2014

10.00 am — 5.00 pm
Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (find us)
John Hope Gateway
No booking required

Naturally displays for the first time, the results of a two year project between the Royal Botanic Garden and the Artists of Garvald Edinburgh.   Invited to create artwork in response to their experiences of the Gardens, the Artists of Garvald have spent the last two years exploring the garden, meeting a variety of Botanics staff, and working with the Garden's extensive collections.  The array of work produced ranges from orchids in origami to colourful paintings of cacti; textiles dyed with plants to sculptures from trees; and print and embroidery inspired by historical botanical paintings.  The Artists were given the opportunity to be involved throughout the process of producing, selecting and hanging work, and the exhibition shows the breadth of engagement and creativity that has resulted from this collaboration.

Garvald Edinburgh is a Scottish Charity that offers creative opportunities and support for people with learning disabilities. A focus on art and craft offers a wide range of possibilities for people to express creativity and be connected to nature.  Central to the working practice at Garvald is the belief that each individual has a unique contribution to make.  They aim to support individuals to fulfil their potential within Garvald and the wider community.  In manifesting their ideas in artworks the Artists of Garvald have made a significant contribution to the Garden's education programme in their own distinct and skilled way.

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