This animation sounds a lot more sinister during a pandemic.
Art of the Gut is a collaboration with scientists, the public and local
artists into research from the Quadram Institute (QIB), Norwich, exploring the world of gut bacteria and health.Thanks to Arts
Council England and Norfolk County Council for enabling me to explore our most recently discovered organ, the microboime. Thanks to staff at QIB for their time and enthusiasm, I am still
'digesting' what I learnt.
- Workshops with the scientists in the stunning new Quadram building April/ June 2019. We tried various ways to capture their science and mix it up with
making art. Initially I tried an idea-combining activity using my mini shadow theatre kits and old copies of the New
Scientist and Sunday supplement magazines as well as prepared templates. Norwich Health and Wellbeing Week saw scientists trying shadow theatre, making felt microbes and doodling on
templates of villi that could fit togther like tiles to form a portrait of the gut. I was assisted by local creators Hilary Thomson and Rach Anesty-Sanders.
- Workshops with families and Quadram Scientists at St Williams Way library, Norwich.
-The finale of this funding period was an interactive exhibition at the Forum, Norwich with Norwich Science Festival, 19th - 26th October 2019. This event was attended by approximately 9000 people. The BBC Foyer became a retreat from the hectic festival. Here you could make a rubbing, using any of eight raised tiles of body organs, handmade by sculptor Chris Jackson. In response to the latest health research you could then hang your 'hopes of health' onto the wire 'hairs' of a giant microbe. This two metre high, free standing alcove was filled with beautiful preserved translucent vegetable slices and a glowing DNA 'ring light' (made by Draigo). It was constructed out of papier mache by set maker Richard Matthews.
- Two days of art-science workshops took place with Quadram Institute scientists, myself, and artists Rach Anstey-Sanders and Chris Jackson. The public
made felt microbes and rubbings as 'wishes for wellness', while learning about the links between health and microbial science. The Big Draw featured the event in their half-term
The second workshop day reached a different group of people who were shopping in the Castle Quarter, it was jointly hosted by the Quadram Institute, The
Earlham Institute and the John Innes Centre.
British Sign Language interpreters were provided with my funding for both events. The whole project was supported with public funding by Arts Council England and Norfolk County Council.
Some of these activities were run again in Nov 2019 to celebrate 30 years of research in Norfolk with 500 people with Rheumatoid Arthritis, funded by
Versus Arthritis, hosted by the Norfolk Arthritis Registry (NOAR).
Thanks to the following funders
Images courtesy of Chris jackson
Norwich Edible East art science trail July 21- March 22
- Sculptor Chris Jackson has prepared the first site for a sculpture at Hungate Art, he has fixed a sculpture support into the niche above the doorway so art can be fixed without damaging the beautiful listed building. All the wood he has used so far for his sculpture models and for these fixings has been retrieved out of skips.
- John Innes Centre is inspiring local artists with the science of food security - date change for next meeting. The historic breeding of brassicas has led to so the production many different veg, the cauliflower is an unripe bud, if I remember rightly.
- We have two retail units under discussion which we plan to use for art installations about forest gardens and microbiome gardens. These installations will use supporting structures that we are planning to use for another event, see below.
- You can now follow news at #Edible East, @jenniepedley on Instagram/Facebook or here on my blog. There are resources available for artists involved on You Tube and Facebook and soon on google drive.
Forest garden image courtesy of Wikipedia Commons, image on the right by Jennie Pedley
'Edible England' Heritage Days
- We are exploring the possibility of an Edible East Edible England four day festival/exhibition in Norwich to place the future of food in the context of the past. This will be an installation and public engagement activities to gather local stories and create dialogue. It could include a 3D, theatrical, wonderland display mixing art & horticulture.
I may be using some shadow theatre for the public to tell their own food growing/making stories.
- We will draw on local stories of food, thanks to Sophie Cabot from Hungate Art for speaking to the artists today about food and archeology.
- Gressenhall Museum shared fabulous resources on the history of food growing to inspire artists via a recorded conversation and some pdfs of searches of their databases. They started with a fabulous collection of seed packets/pockets and seed catalogues from local businesses.
- Strangers Hall will follow with a recorded chat about their food stories.
Community Forest Food Gardens
- We are now planning the first of the community forest food gardens in Norwich. See picture explaining the layers of the forest garden.