Bethnal Green Nature Reserve is the host for Phytology curated by Nomad Projects.
On the 18th of February Landscape Learn in collaboration with Phytology invite you to join us, in an exploration of the nature reserve, to discover methods for redefining city space, discuss urban ecologies, medicinal plants and local history. Please dress for a morning in the outdoors. We may even build a fire.
Lunch and a donation to the Bethnal Green Nature Reserve are included as part of the admission price.
We will be joined by artists Michael Smythe, Finn Thomson and experts in the field of:
List of speakers
Michael Smythe is the Creative Director and Senior Producer of Nomad Projects, an independent arts commissioning and production foundation that nurtures action-research and collaborative encounters in the public realm.
Current projects include ‘Phytology', an artist & community led project exploring the use, value, resilience and function of wildness within urban ecosystems & ‘Urban Mind’ (www.urbanmind.info), a research based collaboration exploring how city living is affecting mental wellbeing.
Past commissions include ‘So Below’ by Sam Wallman (www.sobelow.org); ‘Vision Quest’ by Marcus Coates (http://nomadprojects.org/project/vision-quest/),‘Backyard’ by Off The Wall Players (www.backyardproject.org); ‘The Memory of W.T Stead’ by Lundhal & Seitl (http://nomadprojects.org/project/wt-stead/); and the award winning ‘Ourhouse’ series by Nathaniel Mellors (http://nomadprojects.org/project/ourhouse/).
The Ecology Consultancy
Rosie is an ecologist, working for The Ecology Consultancy with over 8 years’ experience specialising in biodiversity planning and green infrastructure (GI). As a Londoner for the last five years Rosie has been involved in a variety of urban biodiversity projects. This has notably included undertaking ecological surveys of the Barbican, London Zoo, several large parks and a handful of green roofs. She is also actively involved in urban greening, working with the Green Infrastructure Consultancy and Team London Bridge Business Improvement District. She regularly leads GI walks in the Better Bankside area.
The Ecology Consultancy
Matt is an ecologist who has been working for The Ecology Consultancy for over 3 years and specialises in botany and landscape ecology. He has been involved with a large number of projects in London and has worked closely with landscape architects to deliver effective landscaping for wildlife. He has also developed ecology workshops for schools, engaging the next generation in the processes of the natural world. Matt has assisted Rosie in regularly leading GI walks in the Better Bankside area and has helped to deliver training courses in BREEAM Landscape and Ecology.
Finn is a London based artist who studied sculpture at the Royal College of Art in 2016. Thomson's work looks at sculpture itself as documentation of an action, highlighting the decision making involved within particular process. His projects include Floating Platform, which works with multidisciplinary artists, creating exhibitions and residencies. Finn also co-founded The Gramounce supper club which hosts bimonthly exhibition dinners. He has worked with Reachout RCA, J+L Gibbons, Camberwell college of art, Brighton University and Harlow College. Thomson was awarded the Harlow Arts Trust Sculpture Town Award 2016 - 2017, where he holds a studio.
Roy studied Civil Engineering at Delft University of Technology. After specialising in a Building Engineering Master he graduated with his research on the fire behaviour of mass timber structures. Roy has gone on to work as a Structural Engineer for Arup in London and is currently working on various tall building projects around the world.
J & L Gibbons, Landscape Learn
Johanna Gibbons is a Landscape Architect founding Partner of J & L Gibbons established in 1986. Jo studied Landscape Architecture at Edinburgh College of Art. She is a Fellow of the Landscape Institute and serves on several design advisory panels including Historic England, The Forestry Commission and HS2. Her design practice with Neil Davidson is award winning, and together they have founded Landscape Learn in 2016, a new prototype for learning and engaging with the landscape. Jo’s expertise concerns heritage, green infrastructure and urban regeneration and she leads on collaborative cross-disciplinary practice at a strategic and local level. She is external examiner at University of Edinburgh and her recently exhibited work includes ‘Urbanistas’ celebrating innovative women in urban design.
J & L Gibbons, Landscape Learn
Neil is a landscape architect and Partner of J & L Gibbons and founding director of Landscape Learn. He trained at Edinburgh College of Art. Neil is particularly interested in a collaborative design approach that reveals synergies between the natural, built and cultural environments. His research explores the use of historic narratives in a contemporary context, to inform designs for healthy and liveable environments. Neil maintains strong links with education. He taught at the Architectural Association and has been a guest lecturer at the University of Cambridge, CASS and Edinburgh College of Art. Neil is a Built Environment Expert for CABE at the Design Council, a member of the Lewisham Design Review Panel and a trustee of the Bethnal Green Nature Reserve Trust.