Mind Garden

an overgrown garden with plants including grasses, shrubs and huge weeds is situated in front of a low rise 1970's towerblock courtyard. It is a summer day with warm lighting
Harun Morrison, Mind Garden, 2021; courtesy the artist.
a block of flats built from brick are seen beind some shrubs and a small tree in an urban garden on a summer day
Sheffield Mind Garden

Emergent Ecologies is a series of five artist projects across South Yorkshire  that explore how our experiences of place — from wetlands and waterways to city centre streets — and of ourselves within them, are shaped with and by other beings**. 

The programme considers different ways of sensing and learning with our local environments to imagine and test out new ways of relating to them. It brings together local communities, organisations, artists and researchers through workshops, radio broadcasts, performances and site-specific public artworks.
**Humans, plants, animals, insects, organisms, chemicals, rivers, etc.

Harun Morrison will work with local people to repair, re-design and replant the garden at Sheffield Mind with combinations of herbs and flowers that can function as natural medicine and notes in perfumes. He will work with service-users to co-design garden furniture, wind-chimes, charms and new scents.

Harun conceives the garden as a site of collaboration between human and non human beings that inhabit its space. An accompanying programme of workshops and events will open up wider access to the garden for local communities and explore conversations around food, ecology and healing.

One of the event series connected to this project is Kitchen Club.

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, share and consume in the kitchen. Each month artists and cultural practitioners will share their practice connected to food, and engage participants in sensory experiences around a kitchen table.  

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).
Follow Harun at @harunishere