Current project drawing inspiration from Joseph Chamberlain’s passion for orchid growing. Collaborating with world orchid authority Philip Seaton, I intend to set up an orchid seed lab and run art and science workshops that explore themes such as the biodiversity and conservation of native and imported orchids.
Regular updates on the project will appear here and on my Instagram page @m_westb
Images of Winterbourne House and Garden’s orchid house, orchid pickers in Colombia (c.1890) and postcard of Joseph Chamberlain’s orchid house.
Images from the University of Birmingham’s Arts & Science Festival 2017 courtesy Greg Milner Photography.