Microclimate is a new body of artwork by Gayle Chong Kwan, which explores the history of fruit and vegetables grown onsite and includes wider issues of food production, transportation and seasonality. Installations and photography will be shown in the potting sheds, glasshouses, and the library of Normanby Hall and will run from 23 July – 5 November 2017.
A wide range of 19th-century flowers, vegetables and trainer fruit varieties are grown using traditional organic techniques in the restored Victorian walled garden at Normanby Hall. The garden contains a vinery, fernery, peach case and display house, along with recreated work areas, including the head gardener’s office, bothy, potting shed and tool store.
Microclimate is one element of Surroundings, produced by the Humber Museum Partnership (HMP) in partnership with Invisible Dust. Launching in 2017 – the year of Hull City of Culture – the programme includes international public art commissions with an environmental theme, a young curator’s project, residences, and exhibitions. Ach year has a different but interesting theme – Food, Landscape, and Migration respectively. Surroundings is a HMP project funded by Arts Council England through Ambitions for Excellence and Welcome Trust Sustaining Excellence.