Disfrutar - Jam

Quercus presents Disfrutar

This exhibition held between 1 February and 4 March 2012 was the culmination of a 12 month residency in which Quercus, a Stroud based artist group, worked in and responded to, the Museum's forgotten walled garden. The garden, situated adjacent to the Museum (the former mansion that the Garden once served), was at this stage in a state of disrepair and lay forgotten and overgrown.

The exhibition celebrates the garden in its current state but also examines gardens imagined and metaphorical, places of life and death, change and preservation, the fecund and the barren.

It was, in many ways, an opportunity to capture the garden's hidden state, involve the community and act as a precurser to the now successful Walled Garden project.


About Quercus

Quercus is a group of five sculptors based at Stroud Valleys Artspace: Ann-Margreth Bohl, Alison Cockroft, Emily Joy, Aimee Lax and Anna Usborne. These artists work with diverse methods, materials and themes but remain united through their appreciation of hands-on craft based making skills, despite much of their work being highly conceptual and ideas-led. Quercus' work bridges fine art and craft with a deep regard for working method and materiality.

Visit the Quercus Disfrutar website and follow them on Twitter

Supported by Stroud Valleys Artspace.



Examples of clay work produced by participants

Big Draw - The Secret Garden

Big Draw 2009 & The Learning Revolution - The Secret Garden

In October 2009 the Museum in the Park secured government funding from the Campaign for Drawing to run a creative arts project for adults. The Campaign for Drawing aims to get everyone drawing, it can be great fun, and with a little encouragement, anyone can do it and learn something new.

As part of the Learning Revolution Festival, the Department for Business Innovation and Skills teamed up with The Campaign for Drawing to provide grants of up to £4,000 for Big Draw events during October 2009.


Background to Big Draw 2009

The Museum in the Park was one of only twelve grant recipients in the UK. This was in recognition of our exciting programme which was put together for the national Big Draw weekend. In effect the grant enabled to us to build upon this, deliver it on a larger scale, and build upon or make new connections with community groups.

Museum staff joined forces with local artists' group Quercus and worked with adults from The Nelson Trust and the Magic Bean Company on creative drawing projects inspired by the derelict, overgrown 'secret garden' behind the Museum, formerly the walled kitchen garden for Stratford Park Mansion House.

The Big Draw is an annual event that offers thousands of enjoyable, and mainly free, drawing activities which connect people of all ages with museums, outdoor spaces, artists, designers, illustrators - and each other. These events are for those who love to draw, as well as for those who think they can't!

Example of working with string


Did you know?

Since the Quercus exhibition in 2012 the Friends of the Museum launched a project to bring the Walled Garden back into public use.  Find out more about the project and how you can support it here.


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