Suburban Treasure Trail

Suburban Treasure Trail

The Suburban Treasure Trail was an Avant-Gardening project developed in collaboration with Stanley Picker Gallery, Kingston. Working with local communities we explored the area and the gallery itself through a programme of activities and interventions.

The programme concentrated on routes to the gallery and the people who live or work along these routes. The programme evolved organically, responding to the interests and concerns of the people who joined in with the project, from the local school to the gallery's immediate neighbours.  The project culminated with an exhibition of documentation and artefacts collected and created during the project and the participants helped to curate the show working with the artists to make a dynamically evolving exhibition that invited participation and contribution.  

The text below gives a flavour of some of the events and acivities leading up to the exhibition; which used maps - from the literal to the abstract - as the focal point. A selection of the maps created can be seen here


Wildlife and mapping walk and workshop Saturday 3 July: 2pm - 4pm Join artists Polly Brannan and Rachel Postlethwaite for a leisurely stroll discovering and collecting facts and objects on the route between Kingston Train Station and Stanley Picker Gallery. Discover the natural world in our daily lives before returning to the gallery to make pressings and mappings of your findings.

This event is FREE but places are limited so please book ahead by e-mailing polly@avantgardening.orgor calling/texting 07828 167509. The event will begin at Stanley Picker Gallery at 2pm

Kingston Pub Quiz Sunday 4 July: 7pm Think you know everything there is to know about Kingston? Or, simply fancy a couple of drinks and a fun evening with your friends and neighbours (and maybe learn something new about your town). Then join us in the Cocoanut Pub, 16 Mill Street, KT1 2RF at 7pm Please call Polly to confirm your team and place in the quiz or call the pub on 020 8546 3978

Avant-Gardening at the Market: Monday 5 July: 11am - 1.30pm As part of our mapping project we will be stopping off at different points to meet new people and spread the Avant-Gardening word. Come along and meet Polly (on Paul's plant stall) and Rachel at Monday's Market. You will be shown how to make your own hanging basket. Rachel will also be demonstrating how to make maps from pressed flowers from our walk on Saturday 3 July! Come along and say hello at the Cattle Market (next to Fairfield Bus Station)

Walk with the Mill Street Residents Tuesday 6 July: 9am - 10am A walk from Mill Street to Kingston Rail Station, Join us spotting wildlife/nature! Meet at the Stanley Picker Gallery at 9am

School Workshop with St John's Primary: Tuesday 6 July 2pm - 4pm Private event

Avant-Gardening Studio Day Wednesday 7 July: 10.30am - 5.30pm Polly will be at the Stanley Picker Gallery creating her alternative maps. Pop in for a cup of tea and to say hello

Collecting and Foraging Walk Thursday 8 July: 2pm - 5pm Join Avant-Gardening artists Polly Brannan and Katelyn Toth-Fejel on a walk to find, discover and collect plants weeds and off shoots on our route from Station to Gallery. All findings will be used in a lab on Saturday 10 July. Meet outside Kingston Station at 2PM. Places are FREE but limited so please contact Polly beforehand to secure a place by calling 07828 167509 or by e-mailing

Avant Gardening Studio Day Friday 9 July: 10.30am - 5.30pm Drop by the gallery and say hello

Stanley Picker Saturday Art Club Saturday 10 July: 1.30-3PM This week's Saturday Art Club will be working in conjunction with the Avant Gardening programme. Children will be invited to explore the Fairfield green space, gathering natural materials which will later be used in a lab back at the gallery. They will also create their own mappings. Please bring old rags and bags that can be dyed!

To book a place please call the Stanley Picker Gallery directly on 020 8417 4074

Avant Gardening Presents: Katelyn's Lab Part 1 & 2: Saturday 10 July:12-4PM and 2-4PM : As part of the International Youth Arts Festival and Circus Suburbia, Avant Gardening will have a stand at the Circus Suburbia event on the Fairfield. We will be presenting photos taken by local residents of nature in their back gardens, handing out Avant Gardening seeds and showing you how to make DIY hanging baskets!

Come and drop by, we will be onsite at Fairfield from 12-4 PM look out for the Avant Gardening flag!

Part 2:We will also be signing people up for a walk around Fairfield and then an exciting invitation to come to Katelyn's lab back at the Stanley Picker Gallery where she will show you how to make natural dyes from plants and flowers. You can bring your own bags and rags to dye if you wish!

Places are free at the lab but limited so please either book ahead with Polly or turn up between 12-2PM on Fairfield to book your place with us. The lab and walk will take place between 2-4PM, meet on Fairfield at our stand for a 2PM start


Suburban Treasure Trail Pub Quiz

Mill Street Wildlife Photography

extraordinary shapes created by the bees Maddie and the bees James in his apiarist gear in close up Tracks Enjoying the beauty of the seasons Another seasonal photograph The influence for many a 50s sci-fi monster Stumpy the hedgehog and Maddie Stumpy and Maddie Visitors from afar? Silver Washed Fritillary comma butterfly

London's suburbs are rich with wildlife and the unexpected. In this exhibition of photographs submitted by residents of the Mill Street Area we are invited to look afresh at some of the wildlife we co-exist with

The Maps

artwork by polly brannan
website by the useful arts organisation