by Liz Davis
Friday 16 November – Thursday 13 December
Open Thursday – Saturday, 10am – 4pm
Wild City is an intimate exhibition that explores the wild world we share, how this world has adapted to our changing lives and how resilient it is. Artist Liz Davis’ study of plants that thrive at the margins charts changes in flora and demonstrates an artist’s skill of close looking.
Davis has always loved the wildness of WWII bombsites, graveyards and waysides. So, inspired by the 1983 survey “Flora of the London Area”, Davis began, eight years ago, to survey sites gathering plants in the square mile of the City of London and found that these wild species had begun to decrease. Her pressings are exquisite in their fragile detail; each plant is pressed and preserved with its roots, flower and seeds.
The scope of Davis’ survey led the Natural History Museum to accession 150 of the plants to its collection, including the specimens in this exhibition.
To mark the opening of Wild City, Davis has worked with Lincoln based Herbalist Hannah Sylvester to recreate an Anglo-Saxon Nine Herb Charm using an original manuscript containing several hundred medical potions. And, despite centuries of change in Lincoln the plants used still flourish here today.
Talks, Workshops & Events
Communal Lunch: Herb Charms
Thursday 15 November, 11.30am – 1.30pm
Lincoln Herbalist Hannah Sylvester will speak about recreating an Anglo-Saxon Nine Herb Charm for Wild City.
Friday 16 November, 11am – 1pm
Be inspired by the Wild City exhibition and learn the beautiful art of flower pressing.
Kids Club: Wild Flora Crown Making
Saturday 17 November, 10am – 12 noon
A fun and floral morning creating your own special flora crowns.
Seed Sovereignty & Seed Diversity with Neil Munro
Tuesday 20 November, 5pm – 6pm
Neil Munro talks us through the what and how of seed production; examining its importance for us now and in the future.
Botanical Illustration with Sally Strawson
Wednesday 21 November, 11am – 1pm
Sally Strawson is a Contemporary Botanical Watercolour Artist living in Lincolnshire whose work has been exhibited in galleries in the UK and internationally. Join Sally to learn about her practice and joint her to create your own botanical watercolour.
Herbal Drink Making
Friday 23 November, 11am – 1pm
Join us to make our own herbal creation. During this workshop, you will learn all the steps in in making your own homemade cordial.
Kids Club: Where Would You Bury Your Treasure?
Saturday 24 November, 10am – 12 noon
Map out your local neighbourhood, survey the land and create your own secret treasure map where no one else can find your hidden trinkets.
Medical Herbalism with Hannah Sylvester
Tuesday 27 November, 5pm – 6pm
Hannah Sylvester, medical herbalist and lecturer, will be speaking about the Nine Herb Charm, a herbal remedy from the 10th century, that was used to treat infection and poisoning.
Phytology with Michael Smythe; Artists, Wildness & Urban Ecosystems
Wednesday 28 November, 5pm – 6pm
Phytology is an artist led research project established in East London which has transformed an old WW2 bombsite into a medicinal garden. Phytology work with artists, herbalists, scientists, ecologists and local communities exploring the ideas of use, value, resilience and function of wildness within urban landscapes.
Wild Lincoln with Siân Wright
Friday 30 November, 1pm – 4pm
Booking required (ages 15-25)
Photography & Lumen Printing Workshop with Siân Wright. Learn and improve your photography techniques whilst exploring Lincoln’s wild urban and rural landscapes.
Kids Club: Autumnal Tote Bag Printing
Saturday 1 December, 10am – 12 noon
We will be using Autumnal plants and leaves of all different shapes and sizes to make some colourful prints onto fabric and create your own tote bag to take home.