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April 2020

Easter Sculpture festival – CANCELLED

Friday 10 April 2020 at 10:00 am to Monday 13 April 2020 at 5:00 pm
University of Bristol Botanic Garden,
The Holmes, Stoke Park Road, Stoke Bishop
Bristol, BS9 1JG United Kingdom
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The Botanic Garden has taken the decision to cancel this event; taking into consideration the age of our volunteers and the numbers of people who visit the festival, we have decided that a cancellation is the only responsible course of action.  Carboniferous limestone giants striding through a prehistoric forest, the delicate sounds of ceramic Zen bells chiming on trees, mosaic foxes and the mesmerising sight of the potter’s wheel are all features of this year’s Sculpture Festival. The Botanic Garden…

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July 2020

ʽDisplays Decodedʼ The Multi-sensory Language of Flowers – POSTPONED until Summer 2021

Saturday 4 July 2020 at 8:30 am to Wednesday 30 September 2020 at 5:00 pm
University of Bristol Botanic Garden,
The Holmes, Stoke Park Road, Stoke Bishop
Bristol, BS9 1JG United Kingdom
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Due to the ongoing restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, we have taken the decision to postpone our Summer Art Exhibition with artist Alex Hirtzel and Biologist Dr Dave Lawson at the Garden until July - October 2021. Science research is revealing new ways in which pollinators are attracted to plants. This research is happening at a time when insect populations continue to decline. Pollinators are attracted to flowers in several different ways, which are collectively known as ‘sensory modalities.’…

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July 2021

Displays Decoded by Alex Hirtzel

Wednesday 7 July 2021 at 10:00 am to Friday 1 October 2021 at 4:30 pm
University of Bristol Botanic Garden,
The Holmes, Stoke Park Road, Stoke Bishop
Bristol, BS9 1JG United Kingdom
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This year sees the return of art in the Garden with Alex Hirtzel's 'Displays Decoded', an interactive exhibition enabling visitors to see the natural world as they've never seen it before. Alex has collaborated with University behavioural ecologist Dr Dave Lawson and his colleagues in the School of Biological Sciences to examine previously undiscovered ways in which pollinators are attracted to and interact with plants, collectively known as ‘sensory modalities.’ Through interactive sculptures, ultra-violet prints and heat sensitive materials, Alex’s…

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August 2021
Free

The IsamBards

Sunday 8 August 2021 at 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm
University of Bristol Botanic Garden,
The Holmes, Stoke Park Road, Stoke Bishop
Bristol, BS9 1JG United Kingdom
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The IsamBards – four Bristol poets who have led popular poetry walks around the Botanic Garden in the past – will be popping up in several beautiful spots in the garden on Sunday 8th August from 2.00 p.m. Come and add to the pleasures of the garden in bloom with a pertinent poem or two from David Johnson, Deborah Harvey, Dominic Fisher and Pameli Benham – free with entry price.

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Meet the artist and the scientist behind ‘Displays decoded’.

Friday 20 August 2021 at 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
University of Bristol Botanic Garden,
The Holmes, Stoke Park Road, Stoke Bishop
Bristol, BS9 1JG United Kingdom
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What happens when science meets art? Find out with this exciting opportunity to meet the artist Alex Hirtzel, and behavioral Ecologist Dr Dave Lawson as they talk you though the ‘Displays Decoded’ exhibition. Alex Hirtzel will discuss her work in progress and themes of the exhibition. The talk will be followed by a short tour of the Botanic Garden with Dave Lawson looking at different flower pollination mechanisms. Please allow approximately 1 ½ hours for this event. Dates available: Wednesday…

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September 2021

Art and augmented reality

Saturday 25 September 2021 at 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
University of Bristol Botanic Garden,
The Holmes, Stoke Park Road, Stoke Bishop
Bristol, BS9 1JG United Kingdom
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Discover how science, art and augmented reality can work together at our interactive workshop presented by artist Alex Hirtzel and creative director Chris Price. Gain insight into Alex’s practice and inspiration, Chris’ work at Curio-Zubr - an augmented and virtual reality studio catering to the arts, heritage and culture sector - and about how they came to work together. Learn more about how AR works as an exciting medium for artists and how it can enhance visual storytelling for education…

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