Join artist Holly Schmidt, Vancouver Design Nerds, Ocean Dionne and Alicia Medina Laddaga and a team of master gardeners for a workshop exploring the possibilities for growing food in the urban environment. Through observation, discussion and hands-on prototype building you will create and share new ways to grow food in the city. Small pocket gardens will be planted at Creekside and then suspended on chain link fences near the Grow project site. Take a miniature garden of your own to add some green to your neighbourhood.
The Design Nerds are teaming up with Other Sights for Artist’s Projects to bring you this amazing jam. Grow, is focused on creating an urban agriculture lab in South East False Creek. Join us at the Creekside Community Centre to explore potential platforms for growing in post-industrial urban space.
The first Grow workshop at Creekside Community Centre, was co-facilitated by Master Gardeners (Christine and Joanne) and Vancouver Design Nerds (Alicia and Ocean). We kicked off the workshop by looking at some inspiring examples of urban gardening from art, architecture, design and also guerilla gardening. Some of our favourite examples include the String Garden and work of artist Lois Weinberger.
Join artist Holly Schmidt, Vancouver Design Nerds, Ocean Dionne, architects, Stephanie Doerksen, Anne Maissoneuve and artist-gardener Lois Klassen for a workshop exploring the possibilities for growing food in the urban environment.
Grow: May 1 – November 30 2011
Lead Artist: Holly Schmidt
Other Sights for Artist’s Projects is pleased to present Grow, a public art project that acts as a public forum, teaching tool and creative laboratory for ecological and social sustainability practices in South East False Creek (SEFC), Vancouver, Canada.
Located in Vancouver’s “greenest development”, the Olympic Village, Grow explores sustainability issues through a series of walks, workshops and creative experiments in urban agriculture. Walks led by artist, Holly Schmidt and invited guests from architecture; design and the humanities focus on the challenges faced by rapidly growing and changing cities. Workshops invite people to imagine new possibilities for agriculture in the city through inventive prototype building to support the production of food in the urban environment.
The Grow Workshops are coming up…first one is this Saturday, May 21st. In preparation, Elisa, curatorial assistant with Other Sights, organized a work bee at my studio. She taught us how to create this easy (relatively) to fold pockets that can be simply attached to a chain link fence and used for growing.
On Saturday May 7th, Duane Elverum and I led a Jane’s Walk through South East False Creek in Vancouver. This is the home of the recently developed Olympic Village. It’s intended to be a model sustainable development and will eventually house 16,000 people. In this context Duane and I felt it was important to ask a number of questions about the challenges that face our growing and changing cities.