Andrea Gregson

Transports of Delight

Friday 14 October - 12 November 2022

Curated by Edward Chell

Uriel Orlow, Soil Affinities, 2018-2020, installation

Uriel Orlow, Soil Affinities, 2018-2020, installation view Kunsthalle Mainz (Photo: Norbert Miguletz), showing a 1930’s photograph of the loading of Ward crates with ‘economic’ plants in the colonial garden in Vincennes to be shipped to the Sor Test Garden, Saint-Louis, Senegal and Bingerville, Ivory Coast (courtesy the library of the former colonial garden in Vincennes, CIRAD, Paris)

In the 1830s, East London doctor and amateur naturalist Dr Nathaniel Bagshaw Ward invented a sealed glass case, an ecosphere in which plants could survive heavily polluted air. The Wardian case was soon being used for the transport of plants by sea around the world. From garden plants such as jasmine and rhododendrons to cash crops like bananas and tea, this simple invention transformed global economies and environments and shaped the world we live in.

Transports of Delight, will explore the impact of this simple but world changing invention which links themes of colonialism, environment and the collection and display of plants associated with broader historical narratives.

Participating Artists:

Anna Barriball | Daphne Wright | David Cotterrell | Edward Chell | Gerard Ortín Castellví | Günther Herbst | Harun Morrison | Helen Maurer | Joseph Banks | Joy Gregory | Laure Prouvost | Lee Maelzer | Leelou Gordon-Fox | Maria Thereza Alves | Mariele Neudecker | Nick Laessing | Nils Norman | Owen Griffiths | Peter Hofer | Pia Östlund | Rosa Nguyen | Stephen Lee | Uriel Orlow |

A leaflet featuring a commissioned essay by Bergit Arends, curator of contemporary art, museum professional and academic, will be available during the exhibition.

A publication will be launched during the exhibition with writings from Edward Chell, artist, writer and curator; Luke Keogh who published in 2020 The Wardian Case: How a Simple Box Moved Plants and Changed the World (Chicago University Press) and Ros Gray, writer, researcher and Programme Leader, MA Art & Ecology, Goldsmiths, University of London.

University of Creative Arts   The exhibition is supported by UCA.

The exhibition continues until 12 November 2022.