Magnifying Mushrooms is a new creative project exploring the importance of and beauty of fungi. The Boundary Way Project will be working with artists, makers, scientists and plant experts to learn more about fungi species, interrelationships in nature and the Wood Wide Web. A programme of art and nature activities will include nature connection sessions with Maria Billington, fungi inspired folklore with Anne Marie Lagram as well as workshops in drawing, painting and textiles.
The project is supported with funding awards from Grow Wild & the National Lottery Community Fund at Kew Gardens and an Open Access award from Creative Black Country.The project will be delivered in conjunction with community partners including West Park Primary School, Penn Fields Special School, Wolverhampton City of Sanctuary and the Wolverhampton branch of the Embroiderer’s Guild.
The Boundary Way Project
Since 2015 I have worked as part of a collective of artists and plot-holders to devise and develop a programme of arts and heritage activities at Boundary Way Allotments and Community Garden in Warstones, Wolverhampton. Beginning with a collaboration with artist Ann Walker to engage audiences in a Camera Obscura project I have secured a range of funding that has supported creative commissions and public activities that encourage connection with nature and increased understanding of heritage. I lead and manage these projects alongside the Boundary Way Allotment Committee and local, regional and national partner organisations. I have collaborated with a range of specialists to undertake research, develop education work and facilitate arts commissions and programming. For more information, click here.
Let’s Talk About Fungi
I will be supporting and hosting this project devised by Holly Pleydell and made possible with a youth award grant from Grow Wild UK and the National Lottery Community Fund. It combines research into fungi at Boundary Way with an artistic commission with artist Kanj Nicholas. Kanj will be creating new drawings and paintings inspired by fungi at Boundary Way. Following this, Holly will be collating facts about fungi, with photographs and Kanj’s artwork for a social media campaign that will raise awareness of the importance of fungi. The project will run in conjunction with the wider ‘Magnifying Mushrooms ‘ programme.