Throughout 2019 over 90 DAiSY artists visited RHS Garden Wisley, exploring its rich apple growing heritage, taking part in over 40 workshops. ‘The Apple Project’ culminated in an exhibition of photography, print and writing celebrating the orchard across the seasons, the ageless symbolism of this eponymous fruit, and the unique varieties the artists uncovered.
The exhibition also features artwork from DAiSY bursary awardees Liz Mulvaney (Creative Writing), Melissa Ryland (Printmaking) and Jay Neal-Smith (Photography).
During the making of ‘Flotilla’, our project where Daisy organisations responded to the life and work of James Henry Pullen, we were lucky enough to be joined by local film maker and Daisy member Gary Thomas. He has put together a documentary video including interviews with participants and the creative team, a taste of the final exhibition and Stopgap Dance Company Chris Pavia’s solo performance of ‘Captain’s Duties’.
We have received confirmation of Arts Council England funding to run a new exciting project with RHS Garden Wisley. ‘The Apple Project’ will offer Daisy organisations the opportunity to visit Wisley’s apple orchards and extensive archive, to observe how apple trees change over the seasons, and explore the history and mythology of the iconic fruit.
Each group will take part in workshops led by experienced arts practitioners in photography, print making, drawing or creative writing, developing a response to the seasonal changes in the orchard and information collected from the archive. The finished work will be displayed at a curated exhibition as part of RHS Garden Wisley’s ‘Taste of Autumn’ Festival in October 2019.