EXHIBITION: dear plants…

We are excited to bring to you an interactive exploration of gardening, growing and being in touch with our natural surroundings.

Students at Blueberry Academy paint with natural paint on their feature wall. (Image Credit; Joel Hague)

Exhibition: dear plants…

When: 4th October, 2022-8th January 2023

Where: Woodend Gallery, The Crescent, Scarborough, YO11 2PW

Opening Times: Tuesday to Friday, 10am to 5pm and Saturday, Sunday, 10am to 4pm.

Free Entry | Wheelchair accessible

Crescent Arts presents dear plants, a collaborative exhibition between staff and students at Crescent Arts, Blueberry Academy and artist and gardener Meg Woodward-Hay.

Exhibition Description: Dear Plants is the opening line of a poem written by Seb to encourage the plants in our Woodend Garden to grow. It is said that plants respond and grow more substantially  when they hear sound, and this small notion of sensory care written and performed by Seb embodies our collaborative work with the Woodend garden; listening, responding, and caring for the various species we coexist with in the space.

Over the last six months, staff and students at Crescent Arts and Blueberry Academy Scarborough, have been working with the raised beds at Woodend, planting, observing, and creating curious artistic responses in the process. These have ranged from sound recordings, natural dying, filmmaking with plants and painting. This exhibition represents an opportunity to share the things we have learnt, and also a chance for us to collect your own plant knowledge and relationships in the process.

We were not looking to create a perfect garden, but more something that can offer a mindful space, encouraging and accepting weeds and a more messy and entangled way of gardening and interacting with greenspace. 

Dear Plants… is then not a statement, but a sentence, one that needs adding to, but not ending, it is a call to look, listen and learn in order to create a more positive climate future and relationship with ourselves, plant and animal life.

The project was made by the following; Liam, Chelsea, Amelia, Brad, Seb, David, Mike, Catherine, Martha, Joel, Meg, Laurence, Hannah and the various woodend plant species.

Photography by Meg Woodward-Hay

The venue is wheelchair accessible, with an accessible bathroom and changing facilities. For more information about the venue head to the Woodend website: https://www.woodendcreative.co.uk  Large print captions are available from the front desk at Woodend, and download our accessible document about the space: https://bit.ly/3OlFuqE
Email Martha with any further questions: curator@crescentarts.co.uk

Covid Updates:
Masks are still recommended to wear unless exempt, social distancing and regular hand sanitizing are both still strongly advised. For more information view our full Covid update here.

Exhibition Opening
Crescent Arts is pleased to invite you to the opening of the exhibition on Tuesday 4th October, 1pm-3pm at Woodend Art Gallery, mocktails and music, FREE and open to all

This project is kindly funded by Arts Council England, Scarborough Borough Council, The Scarborough District Children & Young People’s fund.


An example of cyanotypes used in the exhibiiton ‘dear plants…’
An example of cyanotypes used in the exhibiiton ‘dear plants…’

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Woodend Gallery, The Crescent, Scarborough, YO11 2PW