Mind Garden

a Black person wearing a T Shirt on a sunny day puts on a pair of gardening gloves beside some wooden planters
Mind Garden Open Day. July 2022. James Clarkson
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
a set of bottles and glassware holds yellow drinks with herbs in on a sunny day
Social Pickle Drinks at Mind Garden Open Day. James Clarkson
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.
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 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
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 group of people with two adults and two children work together planting a raised bed in an urban garden. The adult has curly hair and brown skin and wears denim shorts and plaid shirt. One of the children has on a headscarf.
Mind Garden Open Day. July 2022. James Clarkson
a close up of lush green plants and yellow flowers in a garden on a sunny summer day
Mind Garden. July 2022. James Clarkson
A group of people stand outside on a sunny summer’s day, some of them with sun hats on in an urban garden. They are tasting cool herbal drinks, yellow in colour with samples laid on a table.
Mind Garden Open Day. July 2022. Image Credit: James Clarkson

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**. 

**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
Mind Garden is supported by Arts Council England, The Freshgate Trust Foundation and the JG Graves Charitable Trust.