Current ongoing project exploring Joseph Chamberlain’s passion for orchid growing, deriving from a period of residency in the Research and Cultural Collections at University of Birmingham. Collaborating with world orchid authority Philip Seaton, I am running art and science workshops from a touring display before making a range of artworks that will explore cultural, political and global conservation themes.
You can read a text on how the project has developed here
The project has been generously supported by Arts Council England, Bruntwood, University of Birmingham, New Art West Midlands, The Research and Cultural Collections at University of Birmingham, The Chamberlain Highbury Trust and The John Feeney Trust
Regular updates on the project will appear here and on my Instagram page @m_westb
‘To the Rescue’ (Shipping Bill) cartoon from The Owl, 1884 – Courtesy of The Birmingham and Midland Institute.
Images from The International Orchid Conservation Conference 2019 at Kew Gardens artist’s own.
Images from the Highbury Heritage Open Day 2019 and the RHS International Orchid Show Malvern 2019 courtesy of Marcin Sz. The display won a Silver award in the educational display category.
Images from the University of Birmingham’s Arts & Science Festival courtesy Greg Milner Photography.
Images from Highbury open day March 2020 showing ceramics made by Dudley College students alongside plant stands fabricated by MJM Bespoke and Plane Structure.