The Gut Room, with Jason Evans and Kathryn Tovey

A pinhole camera and plant developing workshop hosted at The Garden Gate Project.

Inspired by Carolee Schneeman’s text Parts of a Body House, OSE Associate Kathryn Tovey will facilitate a session that brings together an embodied adaptation of The Gut Room to The Garden Gate Project. Together we will explore how our gut can be performed within the garden space, as well as giving attention to its process of absorbing, mixing, breaking down and thinking around caring for bodies and spaces.

The workshop will begin with a short introduction by Kathryn and photographer Jason Evans about the story of the garden and their creative practices. Jason will then lead a workshop about pinhole camera—how the camera works and how to expose an image.

There will be a short break within the poly tunnel for some hot drinks and unique tasters to try, prepared by volunteers at the garden using veg picked and prepared earlier in the season.

We will be using the vegetable scraps leftover from the preparation of the meal to make a photographic developer. In small groups we will begin to develop our photos in the developing shed. Once we all have our images we can share and explore what we have developed together and take home a zine with all recipes from the garden.

This workshop will take place over two days, with the first day (Friday 28 January) being for the Garden Gate gardeners and volunteers only, and the second day (Saturday 29 January) for members of the general public.

Booking

The public workshop on Saturday 29 January has limited places and requires booking. If you book a place and can no longer attend this course, please let us know in advance so we can offer your space to someone else. You will be asked to book into one of three 2hour slots.

Accessibility and practical information

This session will be held at The Garden Gate Project, which is accessible for those with impaired mobility. There aren’t any steps within the garden itself, however, a ramp can be added for the step to the shed if needed.

The poly tunnels are tight for space but tables/chairs can be moved around to make the space more accessible.

A limited number of people will be able to attend the event (15 max per slot) due to the limited space and for safe social distancing.

The atmosphere will be very relaxed with warm lighting and limited movement. Although the light will be very low within the shed, guidance can be given for people who may need it.

Due to the time of year that the workshop is taking place, we ask that you please dress appropriately for the weather and consider wearing older clothes/shoes incase of rain/mud.

About the artist

Jason Evans is a multi-disciplinary photographer whose visible output has been through the ‘style magazine’ format, producing portraiture and fashion imagery typified by an experimental approach. He also works in the music industry producing sleeves, videos and promotional materials for musicians whose work he enjoys. His work has been exhibited internationally and included in several contemporary photography surveys. His seminal fashion series ‘Strictly’ is held in the Tate collection. Evans has been working on the Internet’s potential for image circulation notably through his positive site www.thedailynice.com. He currently teaches photography at the University College for the Arts in Farnham.