Invisible Dust

London | Sunday 23 July
Pollution level: Moderate

Surroundings 2017: You Are What You Eat

Normanby Hall and Gardens
Normanby Hall and Gardens



Microclimate: sensory tasting banquet by artist Gayle Chong Kwan

Banquet: Sunday 23 July 7-9 pm £5 booking here

Exhibition continues:  23 July – 5th November 2017

Normanby Hall and Gardens, Normanby Rd, Normanby, Scunthorpe, DN15 9HU

Artist Gayle Chong Kwan will host a unique tasting experience for members of the public in the beautiful award-winning walled gardens at Normanby Hall in North Lincolnshire as part of our new programme Surroundings with Humber Museums Partnership. It will include tastings of food grown and prepared on-site, along with multi-sensory activities and experiences in and around the gardens.

Microclimate is a new body of artwork by Gayle Chong Kwan, which explores the history of fruit and vegetables grown onsite and includes wider issues of food production, transportation and seasonality. Installations and photography will be shown in the potting sheds, glasshouses, and the library of Normanby Hall and will run from 23 July – 5th November 2017. (More on Gayle Chong Awn below).

A wide range of 19th-century flowers, vegetables and trainer fruit varieties are grown using traditional organic techniques in the restored Victorian walled garden at Normanby. The gardens contain a vinery, fernery, peach case and display house, along with recreated working areas, including the head gardener’s office, bothy, potting shed and tool store.

Surroundings 2017: You Are What You Eat

Bringing together artists and scientists to produce artworks that explore our environment, Surroundings: You Are What You Eat looks at the impact of seasons on fruit and vegetable production by three artists; Gayle Chong Kwan (above), a site-specific artwork and choreography inspired by bread production by Laura Wilson in Hull and an artwork at Sewerby Hall in East Riding by a New Zealand artist who is currently being selected. The programme will include a series of performances, walks, talks, food tastings and exhibitions.

Surroundings is produced by the Humber Museums Partnership (HMP), HullEast Riding and North Lincolnshire in partnership with Invisible Dust. Launching in 2017 – the year of Hull City of Culture – the programme includes international public art commissions with an environmental theme, a young curator’s project, residencies and exhibitions. Each year has a different but interrelating theme – Food, Migration and Landscape respectively. It is funded by Arts Council England through Ambitions for Excellence and Wellcome Trust Sustaining Excellence.

Gayle Chong Kwan biog

Gayle Chong Kwan creates mise-en-scenes, fantastical landscapes, and environments, made out of disturbing arrangements of sensory waste, found materials and documentary sources. Her work explores myths, collective and contentious histories and the ambiguous relationship between reality, appropriation, fictional contemporary mechanisms, and latter day myths, to focus on the impact of contemporary developments in tourism, planning and urban development upon the landscape.

Surroundings continues throughout 2017.