‘The Green Room: a centre for soil preparation’ is a work by artists Owen Griffiths and Fern Thomas in collaboration with Isabel Griffin and is a Trust New Art Bristol Commission for the PARADISE Exhibition at National Trust Tyntesfield Estate, curated by Ruth Gooding.
It was an outdoor pedagogic space which hosted workshops in fermentation with artist activist Katherine Ball, a workshop in biochar, and was the space for a special workshop and Earth Forum with Shelley Sacks.
The work, which was located in an 18th century topiary yew hedge, responded to the new orchard that will be planted on the estate s at Tyntesfield. The making of the work and shaping of the space was formed in collaboration with the green woodworking team at Tyntesfield, the extensive volunteer community on the estate and the Architecture Centre in Bristol. Materials used in the installation were all gathered from the estate using cedar and ash planted in the 1870’s to create the structure.
The work was amongst several commissioned artworks across Tytesfield and Leigh Woods by artists Assemble London Fieldworks, Nina Saunders and Insa Winkler. PARADISE was organised in association with The Promise, a curated series of commissions by Arnolfini which explores the relationship between a city and its residents.