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This event launches a collaborative project between Hestercombe House and Gardens, the University of Gloucestershire’s School of Creative Arts and the Countryside and Community Research Institute.

TEST BED will consider ideas of systems within gardens and nature-based solutions for water capture and replanting for a more resilient future. You are invited to experience a series of experimental artworks that can be experienced in a rhizomatic way around the gardens. The event will set the scene for what might happen during the project. Being theatrical and experimental, it will be structured around ideas of how Georgian gardens were animated in the past by incorporating moonlight and sound.

The afternoon will first involve a walk and talk to experience the artwork of Zillah Bowes, Susie Olczak, Harriet P Carter, research from Alice Goodenough and Philip Reeder, sound works by Ben Hamid, Tim Land and Matthew Lovett in collaboration with Tina Hitchens and Yvonna Magda, and music from Harvey Cullis and Graham Binns. Later there will be discussions with the artists, plus Andrew Bick, Dan Keech, James Weldon, Chris Short and Hestercombe’s Head Gardener Claire Greenslade.

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