Medicinal Garden

The Phytology medicine garden has been sown with over thirty-two varieties of indigenous plants common to the streets of London and urban ecosystems across the country. Generally regarded as ‘weeds’, each plant has been selected for its historic and on-going use in phytotherapy and traditional medicine...  MORE...

Lucy Cash

Lucy Cash is a writer and visual artist with a background in performance and choreography. She has written for radio and sound installations, performance and film.

Cash was our artist in residence throughout 2015...

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Compost Mentis

Throughout 2018/19 we co-created a range of new composting systems at the Bethnal Green Nature Reserve, including a wormery, thermal compost pile and a much needed accessible compost toilet...  MORE...

Urban Mind

Help us understand how city living is affecting mental wellbeing. By collecting real-time data about the characteristics of your urban environment and your state of mind, we will be able to understand how different aspects of the urban environment affect mental wellbeing.  MORE...

Voiced

The Voiced project takes the form of a traditional artist residency, providing a space for writers to explores the cultural heritage of East London through song and spoken text.

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Gail Burton

Gail Burton is our resident artist throughout 2019. Her research investigates the intelligence of gesture, exploring the overlap between place, choreography and the written word.  MORE...

Geographer In Residence

Matthew Beach was Geographer-In-Residence throughout 2018.  His research focused on the caring geographies rooted within its participatory art projects. Specifically, the medicinal garden and bat habitat project as embodied case studies of the growing interdisciplinary discourse around caring in a more-than-human world.   MORE...

Tree School

The Phytology hosts a week-long summer school for local children and young people in Bethnal Green.
The course explores the historic and contemporary relationship between humans and trees - including food, shelter, habitat and oxygen production.
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Ellie Doney

Ellie Doney is an artist whose practice investigates and interprets the cultural status and value of found materials...

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Sarah Westcott

Sarah Westcott was artist in residence throughout 2016/17. Westcott produced an extensive body of work throughout her residency, inspired by the natural world and the places where human and non-human intersect...

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Bat Sanctuary

In 2017/18 the Phytology team are launched a series of bat sanctuary projects across the East London - extending the natural resources of the Bethnal Green Nature Reserve to accommodate an urban bat population...

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Wetland

The wetland enhancement project aims to support the newt and toad population already existing on site...  MORE...

Lucy McLauchlan

Lucy McLauchlan's large-scale monochromatic paintings are at home within galleries and museums just as they are covering multi-story building across Europe, gigantic billboards in China, huts of The Gambia, Italian water towers, Norwegian lighthouses, car parks of Detroit, to the depths of abandoned subway tunnels in New York...  MORE...

Kathrin Böhm

Artist, Kathrin Böhm, has generate a new body of research exploring how the Phytology site can be best accessed as a cultural hub...

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Ministry of Stories

As artists in residence, Ministry of Stories developed a series of experimental creative writing workshops based on urban wildness...  MORE...

GOOD Projects

GOOD Projects make environmentally and socially conscious products to nourish the body. We grow our medicinal herbs in the Phytology medicine garden (Bethnal Green) and work closely with a network of small scale ethical farmers for all additional ingredients.  MORE...

Alternative School of Economics

The Alternative School of Economics is a collaboration between artists Ruth Beale and Amy Feneck. It is both an artwork and a way of working; it links artist practice with self-education as a way to study economics, creating a framework for investigating political, social and cultural issues.  MORE...

Lu Williams

Artists and activist, Lu Williams, has been commissioned to produce a billboard and street poster campaign titled 'Teenage Girls Are Our Future'.  MORE...

Campfire Club

In time-honoured fashion we will gather around roaring blazes enveloped in music and entertainment...  MORE...

Talya Baldwin

British illustrator Talya Baldwin has been commissioned to produce an extensive collection of botanical illustrations for the Phytology project...  MORE...

Topophilia

Climate expert, Nick Bridge, is in residence throughout 2019/20. Over the course of the residency Nick will host a series of personal, one-to-one conversations exploring climate change, environmental and social justice...  MORE...

Sam Wallman

Sam Wallman's graphic essay and billboard works explore the roots and contemporary manifestations of private property and territorialism, the concept of non-spaces, and everyday resistances to these ideas...  MORE...

Social Broadcasts – Resonance FM

As a sound artist, radio producer, community facilitator and educator, Lucia Scazzocchio has been researching and broadcasting hyper-local social contexts, placing individual stories into wider social contexts...  MORE...

Tal Brosh

Tal Brosh has produced an illustrated history of the Bethnal Green Nature Reserve in four incarnations: a medieval market garden, Victorian church, WW2 bomb site and an apothecary garden...  MORE...

DJ Simpson

DJ Simpson is a painter and sculptor whose practice explores the connection between geometric built environment and organic layering of patterns and shapes...

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Institute of Use

Institute of Use are exploring the history, soil, ecology, derelict materiality and value of the Phytology site...  MORE...

Gardeners Report

Phytology’s Gardener’s Report, written by horticulturist Gabby Boraston, offers a behind the scenes look at the Phytology site. Each report captures Gabby’s personal interaction with the space, but also provides an invaluable record of the site’s diverse plant and wildlife.  MORE...

Vhils

An avid experimentalist, Vhils has been developing his notion of the aesthetics of vandalism in the form of stencil painting, wall carving and pyrotechnic explosion-drawings since 2001...  MORE...

Shared Lunch

Across the summer months a host of local residents will cook-up a variety of shared meals using fresh ingredients from the Phytology medicine garden. Each shared lunch features a talk by a resident researcher or guest speaker.  MORE...

Bill Posters

The Phytology billboard host's an evolving and eclectic series of interventions throughout 2020...  MORE...

Mobile Apothecary

The Mobile Apothecary supports underserved communities in the locality with good-quality, homegrown and communally-made herbal remedies.
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