Kitchen Garden Puts Mural on Display

Artwork was hand-made and hand-painted with help from locals of all ages

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Sue Dance (artistic creator) with the Kitchen Garden mural. Photo by Caroline Ames

Chiswick House Dog Show


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An enormous mural – 2m x 1.8m – made up of 90 individual hand-made and hand-painted ceramic tiles will be on display at Chiswick House Dog Show on Sunday 27th September along with a plant and produce sale from the Kitchen Garden. The mural which was created by the Kitchen Garden project, with the participation of children and others of all ages will then be on display in Chiswick House throughout the month of October.

The mural began life at the Kitchen Garden Open Day in September 2008, with the generous support of Open Chiswick who supplied funding for the glazes, clay, firing, etc.

Over the following months, all the hundreds of children who came to garden at the Kitchen Garden spent the artwork part of their session painting the tiles that go to create this illustrated map of the house and gardens.

The project was created by Sue Dance, who drew out the main design and was responsible for the whole artistic inspiration and organisation of the piece.

As the map was first designed in 2008, some futurology was involved – the café was added as the architect’s drawings showed it would be, the trees in the northern walled garden are planted and mature as they should become. The figures that frolic in the grounds are based on sketches by William Kent, who was responsible for much of the real garden layout in the 18th century.

Project Co-ordinator Karen Liebreich commented, ‘"Sue has managed to create something that is a striking work of art in its own right, but one that also holds a particular significance because of the participation of so many local children and adults.’"

Now everyone is invited to come and see, to admire the mural, and to try and remember which bit they painted…

No decision has yet been taken on where the mural will finally be displayed.

September 21, 2009