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24-hour art challenge to take place at Eden

January 31, 2011
Author: Hannah

A group of artists are gearing up for an epic creative session at Eden this Friday. Eight of them will spend 24 hours drawing and photographing to produce a 24-section story inspired by the local area. Visitors to Eden this weekend will be able to watch the group sketching and snapping away and even have a go themselves.

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24hr Comic is one of a series of day-long art challenges supported by community arts programme FEAST. During the events local artists are pushed to their creative limits to complete their unique projects. Artist Charlotte Williams, who worked through the night at the Wadebridge event earlier this month, said the “experience was priceless… I feel a great sense of achievement”.

Pop along to see some extreme art at the Core, from 12 noon on Friday 4 February. Our opening hours are 9am–3pm, with last entry at 1.30pm. Cornish residents can come in to Eden for £5 as part of our Locals for a Fiver offer (with proof of residence).

There are also opportunities to get involved behind the scenes with the event through Eden’s youth volunteering scheme. Visit the Barefoot Games to contact the team if you are interested in film/photography or helping with school art workshops this weekend.

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Design conference at Eden Project 2-3 March

January 29, 2011
Author: Hannah

We’re proud to be hosting a cutting edge design conference in a few weeks’ time, on 2nd – 3rd March.

Arranged by Dott Cornwall along with other leading design organisations, the two-day event will see leading industry figures coming together to discuss the emerging trends driving business change and reveal new opportunities for design practice.

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Among the impressive line of speakers for ‘Intersections 2011: Re-designing the future of business’ are:

  • Design gurus John Thackara and Jeremy Myerson
  • Eden’s very own Tim Smit
  • Movers and shakers from Wired magazine, the RSA, Design Council, Fifteen Cornwall and ShelterBox

The sessions should be of interest to:

  • Businesses wanting to find out more about the future of design and innovation
  • Small, fast growth creative businesses
  • Designers, experts and educators
  • Local enterprise policy makers
  • Design and business academics

There will also be workshops and co-created project activities in parallel to the conference as part of the six-week Cornwall Design Season.

Find out more and book your tickets on the Intersections 2011 website, and follow the conference activity on twitter.

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Eden’s Tim Smit asks government to reconsider forest sell-off

January 28, 2011
Author: Hannah

Tim Smit has added his name to an open letter to the government asking it to reconsider the recent proposal to sell England’s public forest estate to commercial interests on the open market.

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As CEO of a place that believes in exploring our relationship with the natural world and outdoor wild play (below), Tim has joined ranks with the likes of the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, actress Dame Judi Dench, model Lily Cole and adventurer Ranulph Fiennes OBE to put the message across.

Children playing in the forestThe letter asks the government to “suspend any significant sales until the public has been fully consulted” and to “engage in real dialogue with communities throughout the country to create a sustainable future for our public woods and forests”.

Read a full copy of the letter and find out how to voice your own opinion at Save England’s Forests.

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This week’s Plant Record: The Cult’s ‘Wild Flower’

January 28, 2011
Author: Chris

For a bit of fun on Fridays Chris Bisson, the guy who maintains all the recorded information on Eden’s plant collection as our Plant Records Manager, recommends his favourite “plant records” – that is, songs that are in some way linked to a plant.

This week’s tune: ‘Wild Flower’, by The Cult

Spring is just around the corner… honest. Although many of our spring flowers are late this year they are catching up quickly; soon many of our snowdrops and crocuses will be popping open their blooms.

Described as ‘post punk’, the Cult are a british band formed in 1983. With a distinct sound they managed to break into the charts with ‘She Sells Sanctuary’ in the late 80s.

What spring blooms can you spot this weekend?

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Recycled shelter at Eden shortlisted for award

January 27, 2011
Author: Hannah

We’re chuffed to hear that a shelter made of waste tyres at Eden has been shortlisted for an Architecture Journal award.

The amazing structure, created by members of Architecture Sans Frontières-UK during their visit this summer, was made in just four days using only a huge pile of used tyres and a mountain of old wood. (Read our original blog post to find out more.)

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The building project is in the picture for a new sustainability category which rewards the project with the most innovative low-carbon design.

All 24 shortlisted projects will be on display at New London Architecture from 8 Feb until 8 March, after which the judges will make their decision. Fingers crossed…

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Bright Young Things to showcase young creative talent

January 25, 2011
Author: Tom
Young people across the South West are preparing to perform and exhibit their creative work at Eden’s Bright Young Things showcase on Saturday (29 January).
The event, now in its third year, is a platform for 13-21 year olds who live, work or study in Devon or Cornwall to show off their creative talents. This year we’ve welcomed entries on the theme of ‘Home’ in the fields of music, dance, film, art, photography and writing.
There will be more than 50 young people showing their work at the event on Saturday, and we’re encouraging the general public to come along and join in the celebration. As part of Eden’s community programme, under-18s will be admitted free for the whole weekend. For everyone else, entry to all the Bright Young Things events is included in standard Eden admission.
The show will take place across the Eden site, culminating in four hours of live music in the Mediterranean Biome from 2pm. The Core will host the Marketplace of Ideas, where young people will be able to find out about creative opportunities in the South West.
We thought we’d give you a sneaky peek of the live music acts, which will include:
Penzance indie four-piece Gary and the Minefield, whose bright, punchy guitar lines and brash vocals are reminiscent of early Arctic Monkeys.
Check out their Myspace page: http://www.myspace.com/garyandtheminefield
Shade of Red are a ska-tinged indie-pop band from St. Ives
http://www.myspace.com/shadeofredband
Abee Hague is a guitarist and singer-songwriter from Lostwithiel http://www.myspace.com/abeehague

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Young people across the South West are preparing to perform and exhibit their creative work at Eden’s Bright Young Things showcase on Saturday (29 January).

The event, now in its third year, is a platform for 13-21 year olds who live, work or study in Devon or Cornwall to show off their creative talents. This year we’ve invited entries on the theme of ‘Home’ in the fields of music, dance, film, art, photography and writing.

There will be more than 50 young people showing their work on Saturday, and we’re encouraging the general public to come along and join in the celebration. As part of Eden’s community programme, under-18s will be admitted free for the whole weekend. For everyone else, entry to all the Bright Young Things events is included in standard Eden admission.

The show will take place across the Eden site. The Core will host the Marketplace of Ideas, where young people will be able to find out about creative opportunities in the South West. The show will culminate in four hours of live music in the Mediterranean Biome from 2pm.

Here’s a sneaky peek at some of the live music that will be on offer:

  • Penzance indie four-piece Gary and the Minefield, whose bright, punchy guitar lines and brash vocals are reminiscent of early Arctic Monkeys. Hear them on their Myspace page.
  • Shade of Red, a ska-tinged indie-pop band from St Ives. Hear them on their Myspace page.
  • Abee Hague, a guitarist and singer-songwriter from Lostwithiel. Hear her on her Myspace page.
Find out more about Bright Young Things on the Eden website.
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Say it with Cornish flowers this Valentine’s Day

January 22, 2011
Author: Hannah

We’re busy preparing gifts to help make your Valentine’s Day special – and green. The buyers in our online shop have steered clear of roses flown in from abroad and  instead chosen bouquets of Cornish flowers complimented with hand-made fairtrade chocolate.

Florists preparing at Tregothnan

In amongst the sprays you’ll find the likes of anenomes, narcissi, camellias and tulips – mixed in with foliage from nearby Tregothnan Estate, where florists are putting together the bouquets.

Heart-shaped fairtrade chocolates also feature in the gift range, made by local chocolatier Nicky Grant.

Take a peek at the gifts in Eden’s online shop.

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This week’s Plant Record: Witch Hazel

January 21, 2011
Author: Hannah

For a bit of fun on Fridays Chris Bisson, the guy who maintains all the recorded information on Eden’s plant collection as our Plant Records Manager, recommends his favourite “plant records” – that is, songs that are in some way linked to a plant.

This week’s tune: ‘Just Don’t Try’, by Witch Hazel

As you make your way down the steps into our gardens, you’re greeted by our splendid display of Witch Hazel. Looking like minature fireworks the flowers on these great plants really do warm the cockles.

Witch Hazel released this 7” back in 1993 on their own record label, Bubblegum. I think it probably would have been a massive hit had it been released later, as it maybe didn’t fit in with the onset of grunge at the time. A great track none-the-less and deserves to be played twice in my opinion…

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Photos of Eden’s plants on show at Royal Cornwall Museum

January 21, 2011
Author: Hannah

Stunning photos of plants in Eden’s Rainforest Biome have just gone on display at the Royal Cornwall Museum, Truro.

The Cornwall-based photographer Trevor Ashby was inspired to create his ‘Earthly Delights’ series by the intricate structures of the many exotic leaves that fall on the paths of Eden’s Biomes.

Earthly Delights, Trevor Ashby

Trevor said: “It all started when I saw a leaf on the ground, which seemed to have a life of its own. It looked more like a strange animal than a dead leaf.”

Paying weekly visits to Eden over a period of four years, Trevor was given permission by our team to photograph the tropical plants in situ. He set them against black velvet and used only natural light with long exposures – a technique which, he says, makes the subject matter seem ‘to glow within infinity’.

Earthly Delights, Trevor AshbyThe former art teacher and painter came up against all sorts of challenges while photographing in such an unusual environment, including a steamy lens, an incredible thirst, overcast days, and pollen and insects invading the pure black velvet.

But Trevor didn’t seem phased – in fact quite the opposite. He told us: ‘There is a huge sense of mystery when taking these photos – you don’t know exactly what hidden beauty may be revealed in the darkroom. Sometimes I can’t sleep because I get so excited and I have to get up to develop the film at 2am.’

‘Earthly Delights’, originally displayed at the Eden Project in 2008, has been updated with new photographs of artefacts from the Royal Cornwall Museum’s archive. The free exhibition runs at the museum until Saturday 2 April 2011.

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Knighthood for Tim Smit of the Eden Project

January 20, 2011
Author: Tom

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The head of the Eden Project Tim Smit has been appointed an honorary Knight by Her Majesty the Queen.

The Dutch-born Co-founder and Chief Executive of Eden, who is also renowned for the restoration of the Lost Gardens of Heligan, is being given the honour in recognition of his services to public engagement with science.

Tim, who was previously awarded an honorary CBE in 2002, is a noted speaker and author.  His account of the establishment of the project, entitled Eden, was recently acclaimed the best-selling environmental book of the past decade.

News of the honour – full title honorary Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (KBE) – was confirmed by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

As the news became public today (20 January), Tim said:  “I’m hugely honoured.  In the true spirit of ‘going Dutch’ I would like to share the honour with all the fabulous friends and colleagues who have helped make the adventures of the Lost Gardens of Heligan and the Eden Project a reality.”

Tim was born in Holland on 25 September 1954. He read Archaeology and Anthropology at Durham University and then worked for ten years in the music industry as composer/producer in both rock music and opera.

In 1987 Tim moved to Cornwall, where he and John Nelson together ‘discovered’ and then restored the Lost Gardens of Heligan. Tim remains a Director of the gardens to the present day.

The Eden Project began as a dream in 1995 and fully opened to the public on 17 March 2001.  Since then nearly 13 million people have come to see what was once a sterile pit turned into a cradle of life containing world-class horticulture and startling architecture that is symbolic of human endeavour.

In the years since, Eden has contributed more than £1 billion to the regional economy. The project  is proud of its success in changing people’s perception of the potential for and the application of science, by communicating and interpreting scientific concepts through the use of art, drama and storytelling, as well as living up to its mission to take a pivotal role in local regeneration.

Tim is a Trustee, Patron and Board Member of a number of statutory and voluntary bodies both locally and nationally. He has received a variety of national awards including The Royal Society of Arts Albert Medal. He has received Honorary Doctorates and Fellowships from a number of universities and was voted ‘Great Briton of 2007’ in the Environment category of the Morgan Stanley Great Britons Awards.

Tim has taken part in many television and radio programmes and has been the subject of This is Your Life and a guest on Desert Island Discs. He is a regular speaker at conferences, dinners and other events. As well as the book about Eden, he is the author of a best-selling book about Heligan and has contributed to publications on a wide variety of subjects.

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