This year People Express worked alongside Melbourne Arts Festival and Talking Birds on ‘For the Love of Lettuce’.
Love of Lettuce celebrated the rich history and heritage of market gardening in the rural village of Melbourne, South Derbyshire. The village had nearly 100 market gardeners who were growing and selling produce since the 1850’s, the industry has continued through to the present day, when only three survive. We partnered with Melbourne Arts Festival to celebrate this heritage, during their 2017 festivals art trail weekend, held on the weekend of 16th and 17th of September.
Through a series of artist commissions, we worked with artists to create a series of interpretative installations for the Arts and Architecture Trail weekend (which attracts 5000 people) all based on the rich growing traditions of the past and the three remaining market gardeners, Heaths of Melbourne, F Jackson and Son and William Sharp & Sons.
The installations will included large scale photographs related to local produce and taken by adults and young people from the local community, outdoor artwork/sculptures inspired by, and made from local produce (e.g. workplace, community and any available green spaces across the village as living materials for an artist to use in their installation) and a series of specifically planted spaces within the village that tell the story of market gardening.
In 2016’s festival, People Express piloted the project by commissioning two emerging artists, Emma Pegg and Christopher Mear to create work for the festival. This year People Express will be supporting these artists progression with larger scale commissions this year.