Option 1: Claire Ratinon (Wysing Gallery) CC & W
Join Claire Ratinon, acclaimed author of Unearthed: on Race and Roots, and How the Soil Taught me I Belong, 2022, for an informal session. Like many diasporic people of colour, Claire grew up feeling cut off from the natural world. Unearthed is the story of how, after years of a troubled relationship with the land of her birth, Claire Ratinon found belonging through falling in love with growing, and reconnecting with nature. Claire Ratinon is an organic food grower and writer. Claire has shared her growing journey in talks for organisations including The Garden Museum and Royal Botanical Garden, Edinburgh, as well as on Radio 4. She co-wrote the pamphlet, ‘Horticultural Appropriation’ for Rough Trade Books with artist, Sam Ayre and her new book, ‘Unearthed’ is out now.
Option 2: Caroline Wendling (Site walk: meet in Window Room)
Artist Caroline Wendling will lead an intimate and meditative performance-walk through some of the less commonly visited areas of Wysing’s site. Participants will be asked to engage in deep listening practices and some simple actions. Caroline Wendling is a studio artist at Wysing. Her work explores ideas of place and belonging through layered projects that draw on history and explore local myths, inviting re-imagings of sites. She attempts to give material form to the complex interconnectedness of our mental landscapes and the actual space we inhabit.
Option 3: Brooke Palmieri (Workshop: meet outside Window Room)
Learn and test out natural printing techniques with artist Brooke Palmieri. To consider nature, and our mimicry of it, requires us to completely change our view of technologies, and reconsider the ecology of media in terms of the natural materials that comprise them, a consideration that is queer, feminist, and decolonial. Working with historic examples and foraging for materials, we will discuss the history of nature printing, and try our hands at making our own. Brooke Palmieri is a historian, writer, and printer, if printing can also be considered as a form of sculpture and performance. In 2018 they founded CAMP BOOKS, a platform for making the history of gender non-conforming people more accessible through teaching, cheap printing, and building archives and libraries. Brooke will be in residence at Wysing later in 2022.