Kitchen Club: Mind Garden Open Day

Three people are hard at work in a small garden on a sunny Spring day. They are using gardening tools to plant new plants which are strewn around raised beds and soil and weeded plants are scattered on the ground.
Mind Garden in Progress. Image Credit Hannah Fincham
A Black man uses a saw to prune a shrub with green leaves that is growing in the cracks between a wall and a concrete surface. He wears green trainers and to the left is a ladder on the ground.
Mind Garden in Progress. Image Credit Hannah Fincham
A white man uses some heavy machinery to drill a hole on a concrete piece of ground in a small garden surrounded by blocks of flats. Garden waste can be seen to the side and a woman is working on the garden in the background, near some rosemary shrubs.
Mind Garden in Progress. Image Credit Hannah Fincham
A metal wheelbarrow is filled with garden tools and small plants, and sits on a concrete surface next to some flower beds and a collection of pots.
Mind Garden. Image credit Harun Morrison

Artist Harun Morrison and his collaborators have been busy transforming Sheffield Mind's outdoor space as part of his project with Arts Catalyst, called Mind Garden. 

Join us for a vegetarian BBQ prepared by Niamh Riordan, artist and curator of Chopping Club, planting sessions with Fran Halsall (Regather and Sheffield Woodland Connections), tasting sessions with Hannah Fincham (Social Pickle) and a series of guest DJs. During this family friendly event there will also be teas on offer made from herbs sourced from the garden.
Kitchen Club brings together people who care about food including its circulation and production, to collectively reflect on what it means – culturally, socially and environmentally – to prepare and share food. 
Kitchen Club is connected to our Emergent Ecologies programme. The first season of Kitchen Club is co-curated with artist Harun Morrison in the context of his project Mind Garden.  
All activities, food and drinks are offered for free. If you would like to donate to support the work of Arts Catalyst, you can add a donation when booking, or donate with cash on the day. 
TICKETS: Although this outdoor event is free, we would encourage you to register for the event for one of the timed slots to help us manage capacity (who knows how many veggie sausages we’ll need!) and also to receive updates in case of bad weather or unforeseen Covid issues. 
We have three 'arrival' times. You can help us to make sure we can accommodate and feed everyone, by booking for one of the slots by choosing the appropriate ticket. You are welcome to stay as long as you want, but arriving around the time on your ticket is appreciated. 
Alternatively you can just drop in on the day, but please check our social media the day before in case of bad weather. You can drop in anytime between 12 - 4pm, but please note, that the vegetarian BBQ ends at 3pm. 
ACCESS: The workshop takes place at Sheffield Mind, which is accessible for wheelchair users with a disabled toilet.  Some of the surfaces are uneven, but the garden has level access. Most  activities will take place outdoors, so please come prepared for the weather. We will provide seating.
Regular bus services are in place along London / Abbeydale Road. 
If you are attending in a wheelchair or for more access information please email: 
We are taking extra precautions to manage the risk of COVID-19.
We ask everyone attending this event to wear a mask indoors unless exempt. We are limiting capacity and any indoor areas will be well ventilated. Please wear layers should you feel the cold. 
Please note: If you have any symptoms of COVID-19 such as sore throat, continuous headache, dry cough, runny nose, loss of taste of smell, or high temperature, or have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, please do not attend. We want to keep everyone as safe as possible. Thank you for your understanding. 
If you develop symptoms of COVID19 after the event please email us at and mark it 'URGENT'. This way we will be able to contact those who attended the event.
About the artists
Harun Morrison is an artist and writer based on the inland waterways. He is the 20/21 recipient of the Wheatley Fine Art Fellowship, hosted by Birmingham School of Art, Birmingham City University and Eastside Projects; where his recent solo exhibition 'Experiments With Everyday Objects' ran this summer. His forthcoming novel, The Escape Artist will be published by Book Works in 2022. Since 2006, Harun has collaborated with Helen Walker in the collective practice They Are Here.
Harun is currently resident at Delfina Foundation & Horniman Museum and forthcoming Designer and Researcher in Residence at V&A Dundee. He is also a trustee of the Black Cultural Archives (est. 1981).
Niamh Riordan is an artist and producer based in Liverpool. She produces and curates Chopping Club: a monthly programme of communal cooking and eating in Sefton Libraries alongside artist Gregory Herbert, for the Rule of Threes' project Human Libraries, working with library users and librarians to create delicious communal meals alongside opportunities to think about local food systems, reciprocity and sustainability. Her practice encompasses writing around food and cultural history, and she has been a regular contributor to FEAST Journal. Niamh also collaborates with artists, designers and cooks Francesca Ulivi and Brenda Kearney as Fairland Collective.
Hannah Fincham’s work often uses vegetables as a tool, tapping into the social life of food, working around themes of creativity, care, waste, and health. Her practice thrives on working with a genuine connection to nature and humans through story, local history and lore. The natural world or public landscapes and domestic settings, all being contexts to explore. Hannah is particularly interested in the crossovers between these spaces – from concrete gardens, wild hedgerow larders, to curbside first aid cupboards.
Fran Halsall has been gardening since age ten, beginning with a herb patch that ignited her interest in ‘useful’ plants. Training as an artist led Fran to a career in landscape photography, where she learned about different habitats and plants across the British Isles. It was a passion for both nature and design that led Fran to study for an MA in Landscape Architecture at The University of Sheffield. Here she specialised in ecological design and landscape management, meaning that she is capable of working at all scales: from back gardens to public parks.  Fran's particular skill lies in creating wildlife-supporting and nature-friendly food gardens.
Please note: A photographer will be present to document this event. By registering for this event, you give consent to be photographed. Photos will be used by Arts Catalyst for documentation and marketing purposes. If for any reason this does not feel comfortable, please let one of the organisers know at the start of the event and we'll make sure you do not appear in any photos. 
Mind Garden is supported by Arts Council England, The Freshgate Foundation and The JG Graves Charitable Trust