The first ever Chelsea Fringe begins today and runs for three weeks, at a host of different venues and settings across London. It will feature a wonderful mixture of public spectacles, horticultural happenings and community celebrations.
Garden Art Exhibition
Nicola visited the opening day of the Garden Art Exhibition hosted by Maureen Michaelson in Hampstead NW3 5AD. A personal favourite is this sculpture by Peter Clarke.
This exhibition features innovative artworks by seven UK-based artists, designed to enhance and enliven even the smallest domestic garden. The artists work in a range of materials including copper, ceramic, slate, glass and willow. Items will include seats, tables, sculpture, installations and planters – all affordable and all designed to suit our climate. Another favourite is this birdbath by Sarah Walton.
There will be an artists talk featuring Jonathan Garratt and Lisa Pettibone on Sunday 20 May at 3pm. This is a glass sculpture by Lisa
More about the Chelsea Fringe
The Fringe is a brand new initiative, entirely volunteer-run in its first year. It’s all about harnessing and spreading some of the excitement and energy that fizzes around gardens and gardening. The idea is to give people the freedom and opportunity to express themselves through the medium of plants and gardens, to open up possibilities and to allow full participation.
Entirely independent of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show (though acting with its support), the Fringe will explode out of the showground geographically, demographically and conceptually. It will range from grassroots community garden projects to avant-garde art installations. Our open-access principle means that just about anything goes – as long as it’s interesting and on the subject of gardens, flowers, veg-growing or landscape.
The Fringe will showcase a wide range of work from professionals and enthusiasts, both from the gardening world and beyond. Contributors will create installations, events and experiences, exhibits, talks and walks. The full programme will be unveiled in the run-up to the festival.
The Chelsea Fringe is a not-for-profit organisation founded by Festival Director Tim Richardson. All progress to date has been achieved by a team of dedicated volunteers donating their time and money.