As part of the Spring/Summer 2017 Orchard Engagement Programme, artists and writers created projects to spark the imagination about the future.
Kayle Brandon: Dot in the Landscape
Artist Kayle Brandon’s new sign is sited at The Orchard, providing information about the fruit varieties, origins of apple trees and the grafting process. It is also a brass rubbing for people to create their own copy. Paper and wax sticks are available at Whitchurch Library (Oatlands Avenue, Bristol, BS14 0SX). Kayle gave an artist talk on Saturday 1 April 2017 and ran a brass rubbing workshop as part of the Family picnic on Saturday 13 May. More information about Dot in the Landscape can be found here.
Ellen Wilkinson: Something More Permanent Than Concrete
Writer Ellen Wilkinson produced a collection of short statements that evoke ideas about future possibilities. The printed ‘slogans’ were designed to be made into badges that reference the bright, playful design of fruit stickers. Different editions could be collected and edited to read something unique by each wearer. A bag of seeds and planting instructions were also offered, with the hope that, like the badges, the project would be spread by the people who took part. Ellen hosted a badge-making stall at Whitchurch Carboot sale on Saturday 25 March 2017. More information about Something More Permanent Than Concrete can be found here.
Holly Corfield Carr: Hengrove Wassail
Either a song, drink or dance, the orchard ‘wassail’ was once both widespread and specific to each of the cider-producing regions across England. Just as wassailing chants grew from the same landscape as their orchards, writer Holly Corfield Carr’s new wassail song is rooted in The Orchard and activated by the voices of those living nearby. The Wassail was available in print and first performed live at Spike Open 2017 and as part of Grafted Chorus (see below). More information about Hengrove Wassail can be found here.
Freya Gabie: Grafted Chorus, Saturday 1 July, 2pm
Artist Freya Gabie worked with local groups and composer Tina Hitchens to create bespoke songs that the groups came together to perform at a special summer event. Starting from The Orchard, each group began their own song as the previous one ended - a song grafted, like a fruit tree, onto the last. And so on, with performers branching out across Whitchurch Green. Freya and Tina gave a talk about their approach to creating Grafted Chorus on Saturday 17 June. More information about Grafted Chorus can be found here.