I am really excited to be contributing to BOTANICAL ENCOUNTERS
This project, curated by Dr Christina Horvath, aims to disentangle Bath’s often overlooked colonial legacies by looking at the impact of colonial voyages and conquest, imperial science, botanical and arts collections and the global displacement of plants and humans.
The project received funding from the British Academy and Leverhulme Trust to promote encounters in Bath around plants and green spaces using a series of lectures, walks and art workshops.
In collaboration with artists, cultural institutions and civil-society groups, this project seeks to advocate for biodiversity, spatial and food justice and the recognition of ethnic minority groups, women and peoples in the Global South as the producers of valuable knowledges. The events are free and all are welcome
More walks, talk and workshops follow in Spring 2023, including my contribution, Check out the website for details
Upcoming talk: Monday 5th December 2022 19.00-20.30 Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institute Plants and People: Between Uncertainty and Resilience. Artist and educator Lucia Harley explores plants and people from the order of taxonomy to the uncertainty of human existence and emotion.
Lucia addresses the boundaries between outer and inner worlds, relationships with each other and the environment that surrounds us. In 2019 Lucia won a bursary from Somerset Art Weeks to conduct a research project as artist researcher into the botanical work of both her father, a British botanist who specialises in the flora of Northeast Brazil, and her stepmother, a Brazilian botanist. In May 2022, she worked as an artist in residence at Mirante Xique Xique, Igatu, Brazil, where she walked a series of botanical trails published by her parents within the Chapada Diamantina, engaged with local community, collaborated and responded through art. This talk traces her journey and inquiry from the Herbarium of the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew to Northeast Brazil and Frome in Somerset where she lives and where she recently created an interactive walk/art,
Lucia Harley is a freelance artist educator who works with objects, live actions, drawing and film. She has devised and delivered creative workshops including schools and community workshops and curated events for various organisations. Her work as an art educator includes the Holburne Museum’s Pathways to Wellbeing for which she created downloadable trails and live zoom sessions, the Parks for People project with Sydney Gardens Bath, and the ‘All weather art club’ for young people with disability at Hestercombe House Taunton.