Allotment plot: growing the aesthetic in art practice

Kate Corder's allotment at MERLKate Corder is a Fine Art Practice based PhD Student at the University of Reading working with an allotment plot within MERL’s garden and using aspects of MERL’s archives to inform her practice lead research.

Current art practice is more diverse than it ever has been inside and outside the studio-gallery area. Film of a vegetable grower’s business can reflect on human activity that shapes the landscape, economic crisis and climate change. An artist may use growing as a medium. The allotment garden can be presented as an artwork installation and performative space, an event for influencing the immediate locality, whilst articulating new critical representations of the rural, and a vehicle for visual intervention in social awareness and economies.

You can find out more about Kate Corder's work by reading her blog

Provisional performance dates

The artist can be seen working on the allotment plot at different times depending on the weather and what plants are growing. Please contact the Museum or join Kate Corder's Facebook Group for confirmation of dates and times and for more information.

Planting (3) Thursday April 22nd 12noon - 2pm
Planting (4) Thursday May 13th 11am - 1pm
Planting (5) Thursday May 27th 11am - 2pm
Planting (6) Thursday June 3rd 11am - 2pm
Planting (7) Thursday June 17th 11am - 2pm

Allotment (1) Thursday 8th July 11am - 2pm
Allotment (2) Thursday 22nd July 11am - 2pm
Allotment (3) Thursday 12th August 11am-2pm


Tolhurst's May '07Current exhibition

Kate's film of Tolhurst’s Stockfree Organic Vegetable Growers – March 2007 to February 2008 is available to view in the Museum gallery until 16th July. Click here for details


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