We are delighted Marjolaine Ryley is continuing as Photographic Artist in Residence at the Physic Garden into 2021/22.

Marjolaine is an interdisciplinary artist working with photography, writing and plants. She is currently undertaking a practice-based PhD in Fine Art at Newcastle University exploring gardens as sites of practice. Using auto-ethnography, post-humanism and critical plant studies her engagement with the garden interweaves creative writing, sustainable photography, plant-made imagery and collaborative workshops to instigate dialogues around human-plant relations and our place in a more than human world. Her practice montages stories of people and plant communities raising awareness about the current extinction risk to plants and the beneficial effects of gardening/growing for both humans and the environment.

Marjolaine’s research is funded through Northern Bridge Doctoral training partnership. She is also undertaking an RHS Level 3 Certificate in the Principles of Horticulture to inform her practice.

Marjolaine is collaborating with us on her new project.  We are pleased to announce that Marjolaine will be donating an archive of images of Dilston Physic Garden on completion of her residency and will facilitate educational activities as part of her residency.

Join Marjolaine at her workshop, Plants and Protest (or How to Grow your Art and Eat it) on 3rd July 1-5pm. Ignite your imagination into the incredible potential of plants – discover artists working with living materials in areas of ecology, growing and sustainability, and how growing and gardening can be an act of resistance, protest and hope. Be empowered with the knowledge and skills in horticulture – one of the most useful and hopeful gifts at this time – Read More – to register for this event email m.ryley2@newcastle.ac.uk.

Follow @marjolaineryley on Instagram. Marjolaine also authors a captivating blog, which includes her reflections on the Garden http://www.agardenersdaughterblog.wordpress.com/.