The Simple Things

With the Chelsea Fringe event only about three weeks away, our friends in the press have started publishing information about our project. The first is a short interview on The Simple Things blog, which can be seen here:

The Simple Things


Walks, talks and Pop-Up Cafe

Woodland in Weavers Fields, near Oxford House

Woodland in Weavers Fields, near Oxford House

Booking is now available for the walks, talks and Pop-Up Cafe. The links are below, or on the ‘Walks & Talks’ or ‘Pop-up Cafe’ section on this website. All these events are on 24th May, which coincides with the launch of the ‘Wildlings’ exhibition in the gallery at Oxford House.

Book Photowalk with Paul

Book Walk of Wildlings with Alys

Book both walks with Paul and Alys

Both walks are £5 each (+50p booking). If you book both walks, there is a joint fee of £8 (+80p booking). All money raised will go to Oxford House to support their continued work in the Bethnal Green area.

Gardeners' Question Time at Chelsea Fringe 2013. Matthew Wilson, Bunny Guinness, Bob Flowerdew, with host Eric Robson standing.

Gardeners’ Question Time at Chelsea Fringe 2013. Matthew Wilson, Bunny Guinness, Bob Flowerdew, with host Eric Robson standing.

We’re please to see that  Radio 4’s Gardeners’ Question Time Chelsea Fringe show will be recorded at Oxford House the weekend before, on Sunday 18th. The Wildlings exhibition will be on display in the gallery by then, so you will get a sneak preview before the official launch and  attend the GQT recording at the same time.

Book BBC Radio 4’s Gardeners’ Question Time tickets

Wild Thing

This is a short time-lapse sequence of Lynn making a painting from one of Paul’s photographs. Not originally shot as a video, it is a sequence of stills and movie clips taken last summer which have been put together as a brief explanation to the project. The original photograph is of a wild Poppy on Battleston Hill, Wisley, under the Henry Moore sculpture…before the gardeners tidied up!

We have had some good publicity so far, with mentions in The Times and on the Robert Elms programme on BBC Radio London.

Wildlings from Paul Debois on Vimeo.

This link Wildlings seems to take you through to a better resolution movie, which works well in full screen mode.

The finished painting as it will appear in the exhibition, with the original photograph.

Wild Thing - framed

Wild Thing – framed

wild poppy beneath Henry Moore sculpture, Wisley

wild poppy beneath Henry Moore sculpture, Wisley

Where the wild things grow.

After much planning Alys Fowler, Lynn Keddie and Paul Debois have launched their Chelsea Fringe project ‘Where the Wild Things Grow’, which will be based at Oxford House in Bethnal Green.  A summary of events is listed below, but as things are still evolving, there could be additions closer to the time. For full details, please read the blog!

toadstools ©Alys Fowler

toadstools ©Alys Fowler

So far:

1. An exhibition of  photographs and paintings entitled ‘Wildlings’ by Paul Debois and Lynn Keddie with commentary by Alys Fowler in the Oxford House Gallery from early May. This will run until mid-June. (See blog closer to the time for exact times).

2. On 24th May there will be walks and talks by Alys Fowler in the vicinity of Oxford House, searching for wildlings. Alys will explain the history of the plants, how they got there and even their uses. (See blog for details, booking and times).

3. There is a school/children’s photo competition, where they have to find their own ‘wildling’, and photograph it using nothing more than a mobile phone. This is open now, and will run until 16th May, and Alys will present prizes to the winners on 22nd May. All chosen photos will be displayed at Oxford House, creating an installation that will grow over the next few months.

4. On 24th May Alys, Paul and Lynn will give a talks on wild flowers and botanical photography and painting in the cafe and theatre at Oxford House. These talks will  need to be booked and exact details will be added to the blog closer to the time.

5. There will be a pop-up cafe, hosted by Can Eat. During the evening of 24th May there will be the viewing of the photography and painting exhibition, with appropriate ‘wildling’ drinks or cocktails served by Can Eat! Later on in the evening there will be a fabulous dinner, also served by Can Eat. Currently the menu is being planned and this has to be booked in advance. (See booking details and prices on the blog).