We are proud to offer a partnership commission with RHS Garden Wisley, which aims to help artists foster connections with our cultural partners across the county of Surrey.

The RHS flagship garden at Wisley is one of the UK’s most visited and best-loved gardens attracting over one million visitors each year.

The Grade II listed garden has been home to RHS Science since 1903 and the School of Horticulture since 1907and was designed to be a living laboratory for experimentation and education in horticulture.

Today, Wisley continues to be a national centre for learning and a source of inspiration for millions of gardeners.  Its collections are of significant scientific, historical, cultural and social value and interest with many stories hidden from view, waiting to be revealed.

The RHS has been awarded a grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund to support the transformation at RHS Garden Wisley including inspirational new public engagement programmes with access and inclusion at its heart and to further knowledge, skills and widen engagement to our heritage. 

We want to engage more people with the opportunities that gardens provide for improving physical and mental health, and the sense of identity, belonging and happiness along with the proven benefits of engagement with the arts is known to build.   

After all, gardens are more than spaces for relaxation and cultivation; they are also creative spaces with great power to develop individual self-expression and artistic potential. 

rhs.org.uk/gardens/wisley

For this award, there is additional criteria. RHS Garden Wisley encourage applications from artists who would benefit from the use of their spaces to support this award, and also to respond to the theme of Wellbeing and Mindfulness.

The commission offer includes:

From DAiSY:

  • One-to-one time throughout the commissioning year with an artist mentor. Artists will be supported in their creative practice to develop a piece of work as part of the commission.
  • A cash sum of £1000 to pay for materials and other expenses

From RHS Garden Wisley:

  • A tour of the gardens
  • Arranged study access to the gardens
  • An Introduction to Growing workshop
  • Access and membership to the libraries, collections and archives (including digital) resources for one year

This commission is open to gifted, emerging artists who identify as disabled and/ or neurodiverse, who live, have a base, or work in Surrey, and who are keen for some support to progress their artistic development.

 RHS Garden Wisley partnership work with DAiSY is supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund #NationalLotteryHeritageFund @heritagefunduk as part of the Wisley Inspiring People to Grow project.

If you wish to apply please complete the short application form downloadable here:

DAiSY Commission Application Form (Word document)

DAiSY: RHS Garden Wisley Partnership Commission Call-out (PDF)

DAiSY: RHS Garden Wisley Partnership Commission Call-out (Large Print)

Easy Read DAiSY Commissions Information Pack (PDF)

If you prefer, record a video (no longer than 5 minutes).

Applications should be sent to projects@daisyfest.co.uk

The deadline for applying is 9am on Friday 2nd July 2021, with successful applicants being contacted within two weeks.

If you have any questions or require further access support with the application please contact us at projects@daisyfest.co.uk, and we will get back to you via email or organise a time to call you.

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