The Garden / Anthea Hamilton

Opening in October 2021, this ambitious project is both an artwork and a garden, forming a new public entrance to Studio Voltaire.

Hamilton is a long–term resident of our local area and was inspired by vernacular gardens of South London. Designed to be used by visitors, local residents and onsite artists, the planting scheme combines ornamental flowers and shrubs with edible plants. Organic surfaces with formal structures and tactile finishes compliment the garden’s raised beds, pergola, seating areas, fountain and tiled walkway. 

Artist Nicholas Byrne has been invited by Hamilton to design a gate for the garden, forming a second entrance from the south, which further opens up the garden to our immediate neighbourhood. Subject to the varying growing cycles and life–spans of plants, the garden is a long–term and ongoing commitment that has been made with care and attention.

Anthea Hamilton (b. 1978, London) is a previous studio holder at Studio Voltaire. She was nominated for the Turner Prize in 2016. Large–scale solo exhibitions have included The Squash at Tate Britain (2018), Anthea Hamilton Reimagines Kettle’s Yard at The Hepworth Wakefield (2016) and Lichen! Libido! Chastity! at the SculptureCenter in New York (2015).

Supported by Outset Contemporary Art Fund

With additional support from Dzek

Image credits

Anthea Hamilton, Brick Suit, 2010, installation view, Anthea Hamilton: Lichen! Libido! Chastity!, SculptureCenter, 2015. © Anthea Hamilton. Courtesy the artist. Photo: Kyle Knodell

Anthea Hamilton, Transposed Lime Butterfly, 2019. © Anthea Hamilton. Courtesy the artist and Thomas Dane Gallery. Photo: Andy Keate.

Anthea Hamilton, installation view, Turner Prize 2016, Tate Britain, UK, 2016, © Anthea Hamilton. Courtesy the artist and Thomas Dane Gallery. Image: © Tate images. Photo: Joe Humphrys.

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