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3 August – 3 October 2021
10am-5pm
Free

Cultural Reforesting

Orleans House Gallery

Remember the Future Ideas Hub

3 August – 3 October 2021
10am-5pm
Free

Cultural Reforesting

Orleans House Gallery

Over the course of 2021 and beyond, we are opening up Orleans House Gallery. Artists, scientists and researchers will explore our buildings, woodland and ecosystem to investigate how we can renew our relationship with nature. Our Ideas Hub is for you to come and share your thoughts, to ask questions of us, artists, and each other, and most crucially to lend your creativity to this issue that affects all of us.   

In the Hub you will find: 

Eloise Moody and Vicky Long’s Research Studio  

The Ideas Hub will be filled with research and explorations made by artists Eloise Moody and Vicky Long as part of their residency on site and in the grounds. Investigating how we might send ideas and stories about our relationship with nature 7 generations into the future.   

The Ecosystem Plan  

Orleans House Gallery is working with other council departments, artists, other species and ecologists on a 10-year plan for the galleries surrounding grounds. We want you to play a part in how this plan develops. How might our ecosystem change over this timeframe? What would you like to see in this plan?  

A Borough Art Collection of Life  

In the hub you will find works from the Richmond Borough Art Collection, held and managed by Orleans House Gallery, that show how throughout the past we have framed and interpreted our ecosystems, from artistic to engineering and financial. We invite you to contribute your thoughts as to how our collection could speak to the need for a deeper relationship with those with whom we share these grounds. Should a recently fallen 70-year-old Silver Birch tree be elevated into our collection?   

Hope(H)anger  

Hope (H)anger is an invitation inspired by the Wishing Wall in Jerusalem, encouraging you to consider your hope for reforestation. Hope (H)anger starts with 7 tree branches foraged from the garden at Orleans House Gallery. By ‘hanging’ your hope – and not anger! – on this tree of life, you are invited to take a step towards re-connecting with Nature.   

Myriam Crété is a French-born Londoner. She is a visual storyteller, conceptual artist and interdisciplinary designer. Curating experiential relational installations, she engages the public through meaningful creative stories. By using ordinary materials and giving them a new purpose, she captures and highlights their beauty.  

Habitats & Heritage Photography Competition: Celebrating your photos of Nature and Heritage in South and West London (from 26 August)  

Last year, local charity Habitats & Heritage invited people, young and old, to submit their best local snaps. They wanted to help inspire others to discover new places on their doorstep.   

Many local residents enjoyed short strolls around our parks and open spaces last year and found inspiration. Photography enthusiasts, professionals and amateurs, took part in this competition. Some photos were taken with professional cameras and some with mobile phones. All the photographs submitted are a tribute to the wonderful natural landscape and local heritage around us. The photos capture a small sample of what helped keep our spirits up during a difficult time.   

Presented in The Ideas Hub are the top 3 entries as voted for by the public from this year’s Photography Competition.    

To see all the entries please visit the online gallery at Photography Competition – Habitats & Heritage 

The Ideas Hub will evolve with the artists’ work and conversations with everyone who would like to be part of this story.   

You can share your thoughts online too using #CulturalReforesting. 

If you are visiting on Friday 17th September please note that the Stables Gallery will be closed until 2pm for a learning event. You are still welcome to explore the main gallery and the rest of the site and the Stables Gallery will reopen in the afternoon.