GRANBY WINTER GARDEN ARTIST COMMISSION
Granby Four Streets CLT is excited to announce that the first artists commission for Granby Winter Garden has been awarded to Nina Edge. We received more than 50 brilliant applications from artists from and far, but we are delighted to be able to offer the commission to an outstanding artist who happens to live and work closer to home. Nina trained as a ceramicist and became known for subversive use of craft processes in shows with Black British artists in the 1980s. Her practice is socially engaged and she has undertaken many long standing collaborations with communities. Productions include bilingual advertising hoardings, radical textiles and sculptures made from money. Nina is also a passionate and accomplished gardener and we were delighted to find an artist who could bring together true expertise in working with both people and plants for this important project.
Over the next few months Nina will work with local people, horticultural experts and Winter Garden architects Assemble to transform 37-39 Cairns Street into a beautiful indoor garden. Nina says “Granby people have inspired the world, by digging in and planting themselves a bright future. I’m as pleased as punch to be appointed for the horticultural commission, which will be formed from plants, structures and lighting, inside a house that has been empty for many years. This is exactly the kind of experimental and creative environment in which new ways of making art can grow.”
Eleanor Lee, Cairns Street resident and a founding member of the CLT said “We’re just delighted that Nina Edge will be the artist in residence for Granby Winter Garden. She’s a brilliant artist – brave, willing to take risks and experiment across different art forms. She’s shown absolute commitment to working with communities throughout her career– and we’re looking forward to working with her to create something beautiful that connects to the spirit of creativity in Granby."
Nina’s commission is the first in a new programme of artists’ projects and residencies for Granby Winter Garden developed in partnership with Bluecoat and supported through public funding from Arts Council England. We will be announcing a range of workshops and activities that will take place over the summer in the lead up to the Winter Garden opening in the Autumn 2017, giving a taste of things to come and lots of different ways to get involved.
The programme begins with an introduction to Nina’s work and to share ideas for the commission on Saturday 1st July (at our Eid Themed Market) and Monday 3rd July at 6.30pm in 142 Granby Street. You can also catch up with her most Mondays when she plans to be working in and around Granby.
Granby Winter Garden will be a sustainable, creative community space owned and managed by and for the local community. One house will become an urban indoor garden opening up the full height of the building up to a glass roof– full of plants and greenery. The house next door will combine a meeting space, a studio that can be used for creative activities, and a “spare room” that will host artists in residence as well as paying guests. The building project has been funded by Arts Council England, The Trusthouse Charitable Foundation, PH Holt Foundation, The Granada Foundation, The People’s Health Trust and Veolia Environmental Trust.