Landscape Learn

11.10.17 – The Garden Museum: Autumn Colour




In October, we held three Wednesday evening events to focus on Autumn Colour, Liquid Assets and Taking Care with expert and diverse speakers across the arts, engineering, and natural resource management. We explored colour relationships and the movement of colour, seen and unseen in the context of nature. We celebrated urban water, discuss resource management, the cultural and engineering assets of the past and what could be the future in London. The third Landscape Learn event invited custodians of some of our most complex, fascinating and loved London landscapes to discuss underlying inspiration and long-term stewardship.

Autumn colour heralds the gently approach of the dormant season, characteristic of our temperate climate, when nature prepares to close down and restock.

Our relationship with colour is complex. When we are making decisions about colour it is fraught with associations and cultural signals. How we see colour and how we use it is often at odds. The world we live in changes dramatically under different light spectrums, materials hold their own source of colour under different conditions. Artists Kate Blee, Vinita Hassad and Beatrice Bless shared some of their thoughts while Jo Gibbons and Neil Davidson explored natural pigments in fungi and the art of camouflage deception.