Come along to RHS Garden Harlow Carr and see an exhibition of artworks by artists from Orb Community Arts, inspired by and created in the gardens. The exhibition captures a sense of ideas germinating, spreading, and blooming across the paper, reflective of real flower beds.
In partnership with the RHS, Orb Community Arts organised a series of workshops led by the visual artist and gardener, Rachael Kidd, to encourage creative engagement with the natural environment. The workshops provided a relaxed and playful way of exploring and connecting with the gardens, as well as an opportunity for self-expression, confidence-building and wellbeing.
Works on display in the exhibtion are relflective of these workshops and includes sketchbooks, cyanotypes and large collaborative works inspired by days sketching in the garden as well as resources from RHS Garden Harlow Carr Library.
Orb Community Arts is a creative mental health charity based in Knaresborough. It offers a non-clinical approach to wellbeing based around engagement in creative and learning activities within a supportive, accessible, community-focused space.
Rachael Kidd is an artist based in Sheffield where she divides her time between her studio, working as a freelance gardener, and exploring the Peak District. Before settling in Sheffield she lived for four years on the remote Scottish peninsula of Ardnamurchan, she studied Fine Art at Newcastle upon Tyne graduating in 2013.
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Image: Sketching in the garden. Credit: Orb Community Arts.