Using a painter’s palette to create a beautiful wilderness with Sarah Price

10 10 2013

Using a painter’s palette to create a beautiful wilderness with Sarah Price

Today’s blog post is from Denise Bowler, the Gallery’s Secondary & Post-16 Coordinator, hot off the press following an inspiring day spent with Sarah Price (see previous blog posts about her work and plans for the Gallery).

The Learning & Engagement team at the Whitworth met with the garden designer Sarah Price and we were privy to a peek at the proposed plans for the Gallery’s Art Garden, Gallery Orchard and the landscaping of the Oxford Road entrance to the gallery – it all looks incredibly exciting. The designs respond perfectly to the spaces and make a brilliant connection to the Gallery in the Park blurring the boundaries between gallery, park and urban meadow.

Sarah Price is well known for her Olympic Gardens and Chelsea gold medal winning, naturalistic planting scheme both in 2012, as well as numerous other interesting projects in public sites. Having trained as a visual artist, Sarah draws on a painterly approach to her designs, showing sensitivity to the location and history of a site, as well as the climate and ecology of the surroundings.

It was really useful for the Learning team to gain an understanding of Sarah’s ideas and approach. We were all really inspired by her playful designs, which invite the public to interact with and be part of that landscape. This timely opportunity to meet gave the team scope to further shape the proposals to suit all the Gallery’s visitors. Sarah was very interested to hear more about all their specific interests and ways in which we may use the green spaces leading to the park.

BW Hedge balls

Planting will appear soft, natural and organic with layers at differing heights. Formed from ‘transparent’ grasses and perennials, loosely clipped, evergreen hedging like rolling, distorted ‘clouds’ and contrasting tones of grasses and seedheads at lower levels of the planting scheme.

Orchard Garden2

Potential fruit trees for the orchard may be sloe berries and damsons, with the possibility of introducing some damson trees into the hedging in the park too. Other ideas for the park include undulating mounds using spoils from the excavation of the gallery and lawn clipping to create line and texture.

It will be interesting to see ideas blossom in response to these new outside spaces. So do keep reading to find out more about the changing landscapes.