Artists and academics co-curate Garden Museum exhibition

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A unique evening of music and performance is taking place at the Garden Museum in response to the work of pioneering Artist, Gardener, and Radical: Frank Walter.

A collection of over 100 sculptures and paintings of Caribbean plants, abstract landscapes and imagined intergalactic gardens exploring social justice, black identity and the complexity of nature are being exhibited for the first time at the Garden Museum, inspired by Antiguan artist Frank Walter. 

Goldsmiths has collaborated with the museum to host four interactive events responding to the exhibition, led by Rose Sinclair, Joan Anim-Addo, Louise Ashcroft and the IRIE! Dance Theatre company.

Students can attend for just £5, and enjoy an evening of entertainment, creativity and music at the Garden Museum’s Friday Late event on 23 February 2024.

Goldsmiths lecturer and designer, Rose Sinclair MBE, will host a textile workshop and making event, ‘Crocus bags, saka cloth and flour bags: Remaking with discarded textiles’ drawing on the untold crafting traditions of Caribbean women.

This collaboration is a unique opportunity to think about climate change and issues of sustainable practice and how it is possible to use art practice as a lens to both communicate and tell stories that affect us all.

Rose Sinclair MBE, Lecturer in Design Education

Rose Sinclair MBE, Lecturer in Design Education

“I am looking forward to running a textile workshop at the event, where attendees will create a unique table mat or art piece from repurposed household textiles in response to the sustainable practices rooted in Frank Walter’s work.” Rose added.

As well as the making workshop, the Centre for Caribbean and Diaspora Studies will host a collaborative, radical writing workshop and installation rooted in the slipstream writing method. 

Artist and Lecturer Louise Ashcroft will also lead a participatory workshop inspired by Frank Walter’s works on card and boxes. Participants will decorate a cardboard box into which they will place a fallen autumn leaf collected by Louise from one of 40 London streets with names that have historical links to slavery. 

Attendees will also watch a performance of dance and music by students of IRIE! dance theatre, Britain’s leading dance theatre company working in the field of African & Caribbean dance fusion. IRIE! delivers the UK’s only degree in Diverse Dance Styles, validated by Goldsmiths.

 The event is taking place on 23 Feb 2024, from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at The Garden Museum. Tickets can be purchased via the Garden Museum website.