Great News! My 5 x 5 sq ft project has received a Making Space for Nature Fund 2021/22 from Clever Cities, Groundwork London and Peabody as well as support from Thamesmead Texas throughout!
As part of the project, I am running a series of FREE workshops.
You can book now for ‘5 x 5 sq ft Introduction to Natural Farming & Soil Ecology’, No.1: Saturday 19th March 11am - 12.30pm and the other sessions. (No.2: 30th April & No.3: 2nd July)
Book here at Eventbrite
Open-air workshop sessions in Thamesmead: First two are at the Lakeside Centre, artist studio complex at Southmere Park and the last at Tump 53 Nature Reserve & Ecology Education Centre.
‘5 x 5 sq ft’ is a Natural Gardening & Soil Ecology project by Miyuki Kasahara, looking at the politics and practicalities of soil and natural gardening, in connection to our health through growing experiments, soil examinations and wild-cam recordings. Taking inspiration from Masanobu Fukuoka, a pioneer of natural farming in Japan, this project is centred around a 5 x 5 square feet vegetable patch at an allotment. 5 x 5 sq ft began as an artist residency run by the art organisation, Thamesmead Texas. The seed of the 5 x 5 sq ft was when the artist began to research the relationship between soil and food after experiencing an unknown severe food allergy reaction during 2020.
A Selection of 20 drawings are available now as prints.
To see all available prints here. Please email me on: firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested.
Print Editions on Sale
Price £25 each including UK postage
Postage not included for International shipping
21cm x 13cm
Giclée art printing papers - Hahnemühle German Etching 310gsm
Signed, dated and editioned by the artist
Edition of 100
'To Those Who Missed The Spring' consists of 33 drawings of wild flowers I experienced while I was running and walking daily in the ancient Lesnes Abbey Woods in South-East London during the first lockdown in the UK. I also made a note of the UK deaths on that day attributed to Covid-19. This piece is dedicated to those who were unable to experience nature in spring 2020. The whole drawings are made into a film, To Those Who Missed The Spring
I am showing ‘Can You Hear Us’, speech bubble installation. This hidden private garden is open to the public during the exhibition.
‘Can You Hear Us’ leads you on a trail around the garden to follow a conversation between plants and insects.
Blue Sky Gardening
An exhibition of garden proposals and propositions
Curated by Clair Joy
Part of the Mecklenburgh Square Garden Project
Private View 25th 2:00–4:00
25–28 September, 2021 11:00–4:00 (open to the public)
Mecklenburgh Square, London WC1
The artists in this exhibition use gardens as a medium, a way to take action as well as to re-think. They explore the social and natural processes that run though gardens, prompting us to think about those processes, how they may change in the future, determining so much of what we do as well as the relationship we have with our co-inhabitors, including plants and animals.
Works in this exhibition present proposals for gardens as a way of thinking about and responding to growing awareness of climate change and impending food insecurity, agriculture, a changing sense of what the city is and can do and the resulting changing relationship between 'the country and the city'.
This exhibition looks at the work of artists who have made gardens part of their practice. They use gardens as a way of testing and exploring different facets of their practice as well as making apparent that gardens enable us, prompt us to ask questions, urging us to think about what the future could be.
Katja Aglert, Anika Barkan & Helene Kvint – CoreAct, The Bee Kingdom – Joy Amina Garnett, Big Pond Small Fish Laboratory, Agnes Cameron, Sophi Gardner, Clair Joy, Miyuki Kasahara, Sujit Mallik, De Onkruidenier
I am showing my new work ‘London Lohelia’, 5 metre long Cyanotype print using objects collected from water sources in London including the Thames.
Hydracity - Towards Watery Commons
Thames-Side Studios Gallery
Unit 4 Harrington Way, Warspite Road, Woowich, London SE18 5NR
Preview event: Friday 10 September 2021, 6-9pm, Performances from 7pm
Exhibition opens Saturday 11 September 2021
Exhibition dates: Saturday 11 – Sunday 26 September 2021
Open Thursday-Sunday, 12-5pm (except Sunday 26 open late until 6pm)
Public Events, touring and Hydrodetours (all dates subject to last minute change/Covid restrictions – check website links for up to date info) - 11 September to 31 October
Hydracity – Towards Watery Commons grows out of InspiralLondon’s recent investigations and on the ground mapping: observing and imagining London in new ways, by inviting artists and audiences to re-experience this fluid, shifting and untameable environment. What is it that circulates beneath our feet oozing from the muddy delta of the Thames as we explore the interconnected labyrinth of watery commons intersecting urban spaces, that flow across, through and into us?
This exhibition and walks programme focus on our experience of these watery commons while exploring fluid collective co-creation. Through archives, walking art, workshops, installations and individual artistic responses you are invited to collaborate in this artistic project to reimagine the city as a watery ecosystem, by re-experiencing the city as a space shaped by water.
Artist Collectives, Community groups and other organisations include:
Art of the Magic Lantern; Blackwater Polytechnic; Bow Gamelan Ensemble; Breathing Space; counterproductions; Clockhouse Community; East End Jam; Everyone Welcome Collective; HAAG; Hotel du Nord; le Collectif des Gammares; Kinetika: London Geodiversity Partnership; Metropolitan Trails; Platform; soundcamp.
Will Brook, Ben Coode-Adams, Richard Couzins, John Churchill, Sarah Doyle, Gail Dickerson, Charlie Fox, Mikey Georgeson, Rachel Gomme, Kadeem Graham, Calum F Kerr, Miyuki Kasahara, Milda Lembertaite, Morris & Mollett, Clare Qualmann, Anne Robinson, Alke Schmidt, Sarah Sparkes, Fiona Spirals, Ian Thompson.
InspiralLondon is an artistic exploration of London’s urban environment and ecology through on the ground mapping with the aim to create a network of alternative histories, stories and experiences of the commons. This collective art project is an opportunity for artists to re-imagine the Thames Delta as a fluid and dream-like ecosystem, unpredictable, ever shifting and dissolving and ultimately mysterious.
The exhibition is part of Totally Thames 2021
A group exhibition exploring the relationship between made objects and found artefacts
Curated by Kevin Quigley & Sarah Sparkes
46 Ashfield Street, Whitechapel, London E1 2AJ
Exhibition dates: 8th - 22nd July 2021
These opening times may be updated due to COVID-19 restrictions, please check Gallery 46 website.
12-6pm, Tuesday – Sunday
Pre-booking essential as spaces are limited
Thursday 8th 6pm – 9pm https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/160539916211
Friday 9th 2pm – 9pm https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/160541553107
Saturday 10th 12am – 6pm https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/160541817899
Performance and Talks
Q&A with members of the Associated Clay Workers Union, online through IGTV, 11 am AUGURIES ORIENTATION, performance, CAROLINE GREGORY, 4pm
July 8th / 9th / 10th
THE BARD AND THE OBJECT, performance, Niall Mcdevitt / Warren Conlon / Field Notes, Various times
ARIEL, performance, Victoria Rance with Blanc Sceol, online through IGTV, 7pm
Artists: Associated Clay Workers Union ( Helen Carr, Sarah Christie, Duncan Hooson and Annette Welch, Diane Eagles, Alison Cooke, Danuta Solowiej, Stephanie Buttle, Jo Pearl, Raewyn Harrison, Jane Millar), Eleanor Bowen, Sean Dower, Fieldnotes, Bruce Gilchrist, Caroline Gregory, Bjørn Hatleskog, Luke Jordan, Miyuki Kasahara, Yev Kazannik, Marq Kearey, Calum F Kerr, Lisa McKendrick, Pol Mclernon, Sean Mclusky, Kevin Quigley, Victoria Rance, James Roseveare, Martin Sexton, Sarah Sparkes, Ian Thompson, Inga Tillere , Marianne Walker, Phill Wilson-Perkin, Mary Yacoob
Working with Thamesmead Texas, this residency is looking at natural farming and soil politics over one year. There will be public access projects over the year.
The first public event is coming up on Sunday 9th May.
I will produce a new body of work in situ during one-year residency at 5 x 5 square ft Allotment in Thamesmead Texas. For further details see the Thamesmead Texas website and follow instagram @5x5sqft.
I am showing a film "To Those Who Missed The Spring" from drawings created during the first lockdown period in the UK.
You can view Virtual Visions here
Launched on Saturday 28th November, on the 263rd birthday of William Blake
Curated by Mikey Georgeson
Artists include: Sarah Sparkes, Flange Zoo, Rosalind Faram, Charlie Fox, Ridwan Aboubakari, Mark Scott-Wood, Rob Flint, Paul Greenleaf, Jonathan Hayter, Gordon Beswick, Arzu Kiraner, Tom Ashforth, K J J Warren, Caroline Gregory, Matt Hulse, Miyuki Kasahara, Baron Gilvan, Cameron Poole, Linda MacDonald, Anna Fairchild, James Hutchinson, Sophie Barr, Rob Lyon, Larry Green, Plastique Fantastique, Tanja Ritterbex, Kitsune Tsukai & Noro Nebulae, Lado Darakhvelidze, Marie Louise Plum, Frances Disley, Harry Pye, Michael Horowitz, Vanessa Vie, Geoff Brunell, Gretta Sarfaty, Paul Tecklenberg, Julia Indelicate, Charley Stone, Calum F Kerr (Billy Pilgrime)
Just after the first lockdown in the UK, Youth Eco Development Council (YEDC) Thamesmead and I created a land art installation 'Marsh Harrier’s Shadow' from rubbish we collected in the local area. The shape is a flying Marsh Harrier silhouette. This bird of prey once ruled the marshlands including Erith marsh before Thamesmead was built.
Drone footage by Dave Cooper
Funded by Peabody and the National Lottery Heritage Fund
Watch the final film on YouTube here
1B Window Gallery
1B Coppermill Lane, Walthamstow
London E17 7HA
In Swarm artists Anna Alcock, Hannah Ford, Miyuki Kasahara, Alke Schmidt and Sandie Sutton respond to this crisis with new work that draws on the latest research into the causes of the alarming decline of pollinators. Featuring painting, printmaking, textiles, sculpture and installation, the exhibition is both a call to arms and a celebration of these wondrous and hard-working insects that are so vital to our food security. With Swarm, the artists share with us their enthusiasm for our pollinating insects and aim to inspire us to protect them.
Curated by Alke Schmidt & Roisin Inglesby (Vestry House Museum)