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Madder Array: Plant Portraits

22nd June, 10:30 - 16:00

Madder Array: Plant Portraits
A workshop on the gum diazo printing process

Part of a series: Where Plants and People Meet
The South London Botanical Institute in collaboration with Queen Mary University of London

About the Workshop

Participants will grow new relationships with Rubia tinctorum (rose madder) by creating alternative process portrait photographs of rose madder plantlets. They will practice the gum diazo method, combining historical photographic and contemporary screenprinting techniques to produce photographic images made up of the plants’ roots pigments while also learning about British colonial rose madder cultivation and colour analogue photographic history.
More info on the gum diazo method here

Who is the Workshop for

  • People who are thinking of, or currently taking an art foundation course or any other art course
  • Recent graduates from a BA and thinking about how to direct their practice
  • Anyone who wants to develop their practice with low toxicity print making, enabling them to easily do at home

Please note, as this is a whole day event lunch will be provided.

If you can no longer make the event, please let us know asap so we can transfer the ticket to someone on the waiting list. Places are limited!

About the Host

Matthew Beach is an artist and researcher. Embedded within materialist discourses, his practice spans photography, printmaking, video, installation, and writing to explore the entanglements between place, the photographic, and care in more-than-human worlds. Two primary strands of inquiry include companion relations with (sub)tropical flora and gelatinous zooplankton.

He is currently on sabbatical from his PhD in the School of Geography, Queen Mary University of London as a Sabbatical Officer within the Queen Mary Students’ Union. Alongside sociologist and senior lecturer Giulia Carabelli, he co-curates Cabinet Cultures, an ongoing cross-industry research partnership exploring how humans attach value to and can collectively change attitudes towards houseplants.

Previously he has been a visiting researcher and scholar in the Lamar Dodd School of Art, University of Georgia, artist-in-residence at The Sustainable Darkroom, and research and teaching fellow in printmaking at City and Guilds of London Art School. He holds a BFA from the College of the Arts, University of Florida and an MFA from the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London.

More about Matthew Beach at: http://matthewbeach.org/

About the Programme

‘Where Plants and People Meet’ is a collaborative programme between the South London Botanical Institute (SLBI) and academics at Queen Mary University of London. It features discussions and workshops focused on plants, people and participation and runs from the 11-29th June 2024. The programme marks the beginning of a two-year reopening process for the SLBI following a long period of closure. ‘Where Plants and People Meet’ is co-curated by Dr. Giulia Carabelli and made possible with support from Queen Mary’s Centre for Public Engagement, Large Grant.

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22nd June
10:30 - 16:00

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