Operation Deep Freeze on Soundcloud

The Avant-Gardeners are delighted to be collaborating with Rosie Oliver of Tickertape Productions to create these short podcasts that take you behind the scenes of Operation Deep Freeze. https://soundcloud.com/tickertapeproductions/operationdeepfreezefeb2014

"Tickertape produce spoken audio podcasts and features about inspiring people and projects. www.tickertapeproductions.co.uk "

Topics: [audio] [community] [gardening] [Greenwich] [ODF]

Operation Deep Freeze - the school years

surprising smells and flavours
surprising smells and flavours
Creating the drinks
Creating the drinks

Operation Deep Freeze has begun in the Borough of Greenwich where artists, Lisa Cheung, Rebecca Beinart and Ella Perkins have run sessions in taste exploration with the pupils.

Starting with blind tastings and combining flavours the pupils began to describe the tastes and their responses to them as a way of thinking how they would create a new product. They then went on to produce a flavoured water drink which they named and created a short fun advertisement for.

These early workshops iintroduced the children to the concepts behind the project and also got them to think about where the food flavourings come from; which flavourings could they grow themselves? what language can we use when describing food and flavour?

The explorations now continue in preparation for the launch of the Operation Deep Freeze unit.

Keep up to date with the project on Operation Deep Freeze 

Topics: [cookery] [cookery food arts] [food] [Greenwich] [growing spaces] [school]

Operation Deep Freeze

Operation Deep Freeze ODF is an art and food growing project to create a mobile ice cream vendor that explores the relationship between edible plants, nutrition, flavours, tastes and aromas through the creation of inventive ice creams which community participants will devise, create and market. The project will be a collaboration between Lisa Cheung and Avant-Gardening, who, together will deliver an exciting programme that starts with food growing and ends with a cycle powered ice cream vendor from which unusual and delicious ice creams are shared alongside artists interventions, creative workshops and performances. ODF is a curious hybrid: part iconic ice cream vendor, part field research laboratory, part traditional ice cream maker. It invites participants to act as researchers, scientists, tasters, ice cream makers and eaters and encourages them to think about how the food we grow can appeal to all of our senses as well as learn more about the nutritional and health benefits of food.
For this project we are hoping to raise funding through a combination of grants and crowd funding. Our crowd funding page is hosted by Spacehive https://spacehive.com/operationdeepfreeze


Topics: [community engagement] [Greenwich]

Walk the Thames Trail

The Thames Trail is a project by Viewfinder Photography exploring the Greenwich Riverside. Viewfinder are producing an app to guide participants through the history of the area which will be launched shortly.  

Avant-Gardening's Paul Green has been invited to lead a walk along the river, from the Cutty Sark to the 02 looking at the nature that intermittently breaks through the historical industrial landscape. 

Download the Thames Trail app and bring your camera as we explore Greenwich's riverside landscape

Places on the walk are FREE but need to be booked in advance. For more information and to book a place visit http://viewfinder.org.uk/events/thames-trail-walk-with-paul-green-from-avant-gardening

Topics: [environment] [green spaces] [Greenwich] [walks]

Cabinet of Curiosities exhibition

A small selection of work collected as part of the Greenwich Cabinet of Curiosities project will soon be on display at the Greenwich Tourist Information Centre. The project, which ran for over a year, was a participatory arts project that involved a variety of forms of engagement with residents and visitors to the borough to investigate the psychogeography of place. 

The work on display showcases some of the research materials collected alongside responses to the project created by participants during workshops hosted by the Avant-Gardeners. The exhibition will also spotlight the work of photgrapher, Jack Goffe, who photographed the wharves in East Greenwich at a time when the area begins a period of radical change. Limited edition prints of Jack's works are available for sale through the Greenwich Tourist Information Centre and a price list for the works is available here

Images collected from the Greenwich Cabinet of Curiosities exhibition will be on display at the Greenwich Tourist Information Centre at the Old Royal Naval College from Tuesday 26 February - Sunday 24 March.

Opening Hours 10am - 5pm

Address Pepys House, 2 Cutty Sark Gardens, London, SE10 9LW

Topics: [exhibition] [Greenwich] [psycho-geography]

Greenwich Cabinet of Curiosities Exhibition

The Greenwich Cabinet of Curiosities 

Avant-Gardening exhibition/residency at Greenwich Heritage Centre

Tuesday 4 December 2012 - Friday 11 January 2013
Open Tuesday - Saturday 9am - 5pm(Closed 25 Dec, 26 Dec and 1 Jan)

How do you view the area where you live?

How do you respond to the history or of the area; its stories and anecdotes?

Have you got a tale to tell?

Artists’ collective Avant-Gardening has been out and about in the Royal Borough of Greenwich; talking to residents and visitors about their responses to the area for collation into a new mobile archive, the Greenwich Cabinet of Curiosities,  which is one of the centrepieces of an interactive exhibition/residency at the Greenwich Heritage Centre in Woolwich. 

Designed and built by designer Bahbak Hashemi-Nezhad the Greenwich Cabinet of Curiosities along with Greenwich Garden by designer/maker, Hilary Blackburn, will be focal points of an exhibition and programme of creative workshops and interactions which will add to the growing collection of materials being curated into the cabinet.


We will be showcasing a selection of work contributed by participants in various workshops around the borough and also encouraging visitors to add their own voices during our exhibition workshops which will see the contents of the cabinet expanded out into the gallery space to create a living archive that represents the personal responses of the community

During the residency at Greenwich Heritage Centre we will be curating a smaller version of the exhibition which will be on display at the Discover Greenwich Information Centre at the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich during February 2013.

Workshops and activities will be programmed throughout the residency and to keep track of all activities you can download the Greenwich Cabinet of Curiosities app which will be live for the duration of the exhibition and give you regular updates on the activities and the work created by participants during the residency

The app is downloadable for Android from Google Apps https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.avantgardening.android/>

An iOS app is available to download for iPhones by visiting this link: http://goo.gl/ngxNj

Workshops scheduled to date include:
Cabinet of Curiosities Fanzine workshop                                                                                                       Help the Avant-Gardeners to create one of the Greenwich Cabinet of Curiosities fanzines that will be produced and digitally distributed weekly throughout the exhibition. 

Tuesday 4th December 11am – 3pm

Wednesday 5th December 2pm - 5pm

Friday 7th December 2pm - 5pm

Thursday 13 December 10am - 1pm

Friday 4 January 10am - 1pm

Thursday 10 Jan 10am - 1pm


Winter lantern workshop                                                                                                                                    Join us making Greenwich related lanterns to light up the long winter nights. The lanterns will be part of the exhibition until 21st Dec when participants will be invited to join us to light up the longest night and take their lanterns home for the festive season

Wednesday 12th December 2pm - 5pm

Friday 21 December 2pm - 5pm

Download the app or visit our blog http://greenwichcuriosities.blogspot.co.uk/ for details of more workshops as they are confirmed

The Greenwich Cabinet of Curiosities is supported by the National Lottery, through Arts Council England

Topics: [art] [exhibition] [Greenwich] [Woolwich]

The Greenwich Garden

The Greenwich Garden is a temporary space created for play, debate, gardening and social interaction that will spring into life between 25 July and 12 August 2012 when we will be offering a wide range of interactions and workshops ranging from kite making to seed ball production, gardening workshops to lantern making, fanzine production to natural dye workshops. We will also be hosting informal debates and salons in the garden and inviting local people to propose their manifesto for public spaces and a greener Greenwich. 
Located in an almost forgotten urban oasis and against a facade of Greenwich’s iconic buildings, designed and built by award-winning designer Hilary Blackburn, we invite you to join us and to become an integral part of the design and development of the space. As the residency progresses The Greenwich Garden will fill with colour as more community groups and local residents plant their miniature gardens which will be a repository of their hopes and aspirations for the future. The gardens created will, at the end of the residency, be donated to local community groups to enhance their green spaces and carry the wishes of the participants back into the community to create a legacy for the future
The Avant-Gardeners are currently planning a wide-ranging programme of activities and a full timetable will be available online shortly.

To keep up to date with all the latest news please keep an eye on the following websites




The Greenwich Garden is a collaboration between Avant-Gardening and Stream Arts and is made possible through funding from Awards For All and Arts Council, England. The work will be exhibited as part of City Noises, an EU funded exhibition that will be resident at  Area 12, Greenwich Peninsula between 25 July and 12 August 2012

Google Map link to site for The Greenwich Garden


Topics: [architecture] [community engagement] [environment] [Greenwich] [regeneration]

Picnic in the Pleasaunce

Diamond Jubilee Weekend is undoubtedly THE weekend to shake out the picnic blanket and head to the local park. In Greenwich on Saturday 2 June 12.00 - 17.00 the place to be is the East Greenwich Pleasaunce where Avant-Gardening will be joining the party and collecting more stories for the Cabinet of Curiosities and launching our new community focussed summer project

For more details about Picnic in the Pleasaunce click here

Topics: [Diamond Jubilee] [East Greenwich] [Greenwich] [picnic]

The Place Where Plums Grow

The first stages of our project, The Place Where Plums Grow, which aims to bring a selection of fruiting trees back to the Woolwich Common and Plumstead Common areas of south London is featured in this weeks edition of Royal Greenwich Time

In the coming months we are looking for more community groups, businesses or schools that may be interested in being involved when we roll the project out in the autumn. We are shortly going to be inviting local business to sponsor a tree and get involved with their local community by supporting the planting of trees and the development of a rich community education programme that will look at the history and folklore of orchards. We will also be developing an education strand looking at the role of trees in supporting bio-diversity, caring for your orchard and collecting delicious recipes to enjoy the fruits of the community's work 

More information about The Place Where Plums Grow can be found on the project page



Topics: [community engagement] [food] [Greenwich] [orchard] [urban farmers] [Woolwich]

Greenwich Cabinet of Curiosities Workshops

Time to take another look at the Royal Borough of Greenwich! We are running a programme of workshops across Greenwich to explore the local area to create materials for the Greenwich Cabinet of Curiosities. The workshops will be informal explorations of the borough where participants can join in mapping the borough, creating pages for the first of our fanzines celebrating the borough, have their tales recorded or just share a story or anecdote about the area. We would also love to see any photographs that people may have of the area or other artefacts that we could document for inclusion in the Greenwich Cabinet of Curiosities and the exhibition at the end of the year. All workshops are free and open to all

Greenwich Heritage Centre, Woolwich - Thursday 5 April 1pm - 4pm

Charlton House Cafe - Thursday  12th April 3pm - 5pm

West Greenwich Library Sat 14th April 1pm - 3pm

Greenwich Heritage Centre, Woolwich - Saturday 21 April 1pm - 4pm

Plumstead Library - Friday 27th April 3pm - 5pm

West Greenwich Library (as part of Adult Learners Week) - Thursday 17 May 3.45pm - 5pm

Topics: [Charlton] [fanzines] [Greenwich] [mapping] [Plumstead] [psycho-geography] [Woolwich] [workshops]

artwork by polly brannan
website by the useful arts organisation