Thursday, September 5, 2019 - 16:15

A celebration of arts and culture inspired by nature launches Eden’s Art Festival on the weekend of September 14 – 15.

Be Inspired takes inspiration from Eden’s stunning gardens with a galaxy of art exhibitions and installations around the site.

With a number of demonstrations and workshops, visitors can try their hand at creative writing, painting and felt making, combining the beauty of nature and art.

Woman Reclaiming AI (WRAI), will be holding workshops to design an alternative Artificial Intelligence Voice Assistant.

The idea is to provide basic skills for visitors to help them create a different voice and consider how perceptions can be changed.

Beth Emily Richards, an artist and researcher, will be holding workshops on creative writing. Her work investigates contemporary mythmaking, exploring popular culture and its associated characteristics.

She seeks to complicate macho narratives by re-performing them in ways that use absurdism and failure to undermine dominant histories.

Spoken word poet Taran Spalding-Jenkins, also known as The Cornish Writer, will be entertaining visitors with his honest and observational storytelling. His varied style shifts from bedtime-story gentleness to mine-engine energy.

Dance companies Shallal and Cscape will also be showcasing their skills in a series of dance performances over the weekend.

Shallal aims to make art accessible to a wide range of people by giving everyone involved a voice and the opportunity to explore different art forms.

Cscape Dance Company blend imaginative physical theatre with energetic choreography, resulting in stories that are punchy, absorbing and full of character.

Gemma Anderson, an artist and researcher, will be bringing her drawing-based method known as ‘Isomorphology’ to the festival. This approach addresses relationships that are left out of the scientific classification of animal, vegetable and mineral.

Visitors can also try their hand at feltmaking with artist Bettina Holland and knitting in various workshops as well as visit the wonderful Eden Storytellers in the Mediterranean Biome.

Lynné Raubenheimer, Eden’s Live Programme Lead said “We’re confident visitors to the first of our arts weekends will find true inspiration in the many creative activities on offer – from drawing and dancing to poetry and AI.”

Eden is hosting two weekends of Art Festivals on 14 – 15 September and 21 – 22 September. The second, Music Maker, is a musical delight for families, featuring Orchestra of the Earth, a group of classical musicians committed to protecting the world and using music to motivate others to do the same. This inspirational group will perform a new version of Hans Christian Andersen’s classic story, The Wild Swans including a specially composed score by Joaquim Badia.

A range of workshops will be hosted throughout the day allowing families to get involved by making their own percussion instruments, so they can join the music making.

All activities at the Eden Arts Festival are included with admission. For more information visit