Ideas & research
This research process began in February 2022, with a series of online conversations.
We brought together artists and academics from Australia, Canada and the UK. Together, we explored the tangled history of plant use and ownership. The conversations were reflective, meditative and collaborative. They were facilitated by NESTA Innovation Fellow and published author and researcher Wanjiku Nyachae
In October 2022 we were joined by esteemed artist Christine Urquhart (Girl/Footprints on Water) as we travelled to Melbourne, Australia for a residency at the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria. Here we deepened our understanding of biopiracy and the ethics of plant ownership.
Our research continued back in the UK, where in November 2022 we spent a week at Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank and National Trust House Nymans with writer and academic Zakiya McKenzie. We learnt about the preservation and gathering of seeds, and made plans to turn this research into our next major project.