Orchard, by Neville Gabie is both an artwork and a programme of events, commissioned by Nottingham City Council to mark the launch of the new square for Sneinton Market, Nottingham, designed by Patel Taylor architects. He has planted a series of apple trees in the square to link one of the oldest fruit and vegetable markets in the country to the wider debate in the city to produce urban food linked to community engagement. The artist also donated apple trees of 100 different varieties, through his Apple Tree Adoption network to local residents, schools and community organisations of Sneinton and St Ann’s to create a diverse urban orchard spanning the east side of the city, intended for communal use and enjoyment.
Imagine an urban orchard planted in your garden, in schoolyards, public open spaces, parks and streets around Sneinton and St Ann’s, Nottingham.
Imagine being able to see, taste and smell a hundred different varieties of apples grown within our everyday urban landscape.
Imagine a project where anyone can be involved in nurturing, growing and harvesting apples whilst changing their landscape for the better.
Over the launch weekend, Neville Gabie invited Nottingham based artists Rebecca Beinart, Mathew Trivett and Oliver Dalby, and writer and poet Wayne Burrows to create events to celebrate the planting of the apple trees. This programme comprised the launch of the new Sneinton Market; a feast at Stonebridge City Farm; an exhibition at Surface Gallery; and projections from Trampoline and Broadway. A symposium at Nottingham Contemporary, chaired by Jennie Syson, Neville Gabie & Wayne Burrows, included presentations from Carolyn Steel, author of Hungry City, Nina Pope, Clare Patey, John Newling, Neville Gabie, Sneinton Alchemy, Sowing Sneinton and Sneinton Market Traders. This discussed how food is bought and sold in cities, and it’s affect on the use of public space – different models of urban food production – and how different artists have investigated the function of urban spaces and food production; from allotments to marketplaces. The project was managed by the Contemporary Art Society with Nottingham based curator, Jennie Syson.