Outreach work for Plant Cultures was carried out by three partner organisations in Bradford.
Bradford Community Environment Project (BCEP)
BCEP engages Bradford communities with their environment. It runs a wide range of projects
that encourage gardening and eating of fresh food, improve open spaces, and raise environmental awareness.
It works closely with Bradford City Farm
, which grows many of the plants featured in Plant Cultures.
BCEP carried out outreach work for Plant Cultures between May 2004 and February 2005. This included teachers' workshops for primary school teachers, story collection, and a photographic exhibition at Cartwright Hall. Work with teachers is being followed up through distribution of a free Teachers' Pack to primary schools in Bradford.
Bradford Community Environment Project
Unit 14, Carlisle Business Centre
60 Carlisle Road
At the heart of Spice! are plans for a visitor destination of national and international reputation and significance, based on the themes of spices, herbs and aromatics.
Because Spice! is a social enterprise, it also aims to enhance the local economy of its host city/town and region through increased tourism; learning and training opportunities, and urban development. It will open opportunities for new and existing businesses and social enterprises.
Concepts that Spice! will explore include food and drink, horticulture, ecology and the natural environment, health and well-being, and aromatic and naturally scented products. These themes combine to enable an exploration of Britain's place as a culturally diverse nation in a global world.
Spice! is currently investigating a number of possible sites in northern England.
The Spice! management team conceived and managed the Plant Cultures
outreach programme in Bradford.
The Spice! Project
Bradford Council supported Spice! and BCEP through administration of the outreach work and by hosting the Plant Cultures exhibition.
The Council runs a diverse range of museums. Cartwright Hall is Bradford's civic art gallery and offers an exciting programme of contemporary exhibitions, with four permanent galleries displaying works from our art collections. The collections consist mainly of 19th and 20th century British art, with strong collections of international contemporary prints and contemporary South Asian art and crafts. From 15 February to 24 April 2005 the Hall hosts The Buddha comes to Bradford
. The surrounding park contains a Mughal garden
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