The Blooming Marvellous Knitted Garden is an intergenerational community project that originally sprouted up in 2010 at Bournemouth library. From tiny seedlings it's grown and grown, and this now life–size garden has been contributed to by over 5000 people.
The project which was orignially started by Pauline Stanley, and is now curated by Nicky Prior, called upon stitchers from knitting groups, schools, community centres, knit & natter sessions and individual artists to add to the project. The project also contains knitting by people from all different ages and abilities, from families and children, to people with learning/physical disabilities and those with mental health problems.
An important part of the project is that with each new venue the work is displayed at, a new piece is added. As well as adding to the garden, at each new venue they initiate a new knitting group into the project, with the aim of keeping it growing after the garden leaves.
The garden has now been displayed at various venues over the past few years, but you can catch it in its first outing for 2017 at the The Thelma Hulbert Gallery in Honiton. The exhibition is free and runs from the 6th May to the 24th June.
More information about the exhibition can be found here and more about the blooming marvellous garden project here.
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