Artful Autumn at Kew

Artful Autumn

As the seasons change and the landscape is steeped in vibrant autumn colours, come on a journey embracing art and nature. 7 to 29 October 2017.

Event details

Saturday 7 October to Sunday 29 October 2017

Natural Area, Galleries and Cedar Vista


Included with entry to the Gardens. Save on the price of your ticket when you book online

Introducing the artists

Sixteen diverse and organic works of art by four different artists will be positioned outside the Galleries and along Cedar Vista, sitting among some of Kew’s spectacular trees. The impressive bespoke pieces of outdoor art have been created specifically to fit into Kew’s changing environment. Stroll among the works as you enjoy the beauty of autumn at Kew.

Julia Clarke, works predominantly with natural materials, mainly willow, both dried and living. Her sculptures have their own character and evocative qualities, encompassing space and playing with tension, form and scale.

Julia Clarke creating her sculpture at Kew

Julia Clarke creating her willow sculpture at Kew Gardens

Nigel Ross, a self-taught sculptor, has spent his life working with trees. He seeks to save tree trunks from logging and planking, sculpting them into large abstract organic forms.

Nigel Ross' sculpture in production

Nigel Ross' sculpture in production

Claudia Wegner, an Austrian painter, ceramist and mycologist, combines her passion for the elusive world of fungi with her large detailed paintings. She aims to unveil the hidden beauty of fungi in her art.

Amanita muscaria by Claudia Wegner

Painting of Amanita muscaria by Claudia Wegner

Woody Fox Willow, a sculptor based in Devon, creates figurative sculptures from natural material such as willow and dogwood. He specialises in animal forms and abstract plant shapes using the natural colour that willow provides.

Woody Fox Willow's willow sculptures

Woody Fox Willow's people sculptures

Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art (7 October 2017 to 11 March 2018)

Rebecca Louise Law: Life in Death

Visit Rebecca's Life in Death exhibition, and weave your way through the hanging garlands of flowers. The garlands are made up from her personal collection of plants and flowers dried and preserved over a six year period.

Rebecca Law, the beauty of decay, 2016 Chandran Gallery, San Fransisco

Rebecca's work using garlands of dried flowers. Photo: Mariko Reed.   

Lindsay Sekulowicz: Plantae Amazonicae

Find out how Lindsay Sekulowicz used botanist and explorer Richard Spruce's collections from the Brazilian Amazon as her inspiration. See Lindsay's work alongside that of the 19th century explorer.

Lindsay Sekulowicz's 'Unfired clay vessel (monkey)'

Lindsay Sekulowicz's 'Unfired clay vessel (monkey)'

Abundance: Seeds, Pods and Autumn Fruits

Dr Sherwood will introduce you to a seasonal selection of contemporary botanical paintings from her extensive art collection. The exhibition features paintings of fruit and plants from around the world.

Pomegranates by Ann Schweizer from the Shirley Sherwood Collection

Ann Schweizer's Pomegranates, Punica granatum

Half term activities, including festival weekends (21 to 29 October 2017)

Why do leaves change colour in autumn?

Drop in for art and activities
11am to 3.30pm  More details

Children's face painting

Become an autumn leaf, berry or fruit (£4)
11am to 3.30pm  More details

Tree spotting walks

Short walks leaving from the Woodland House
11am, 12noon, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm  More details

Walks and tours

Meet the experts: fungi  –  Tuesdays 10, 17 and 24 October, 11.30am, tours last up to 1½ hours

Accessible walks and tours

Sensory walk for people with sight loss  – Sunday 8 October, 11.30am and 2pm – booking essential
Discovery bus tours for people with walking difficulties  – Tuesday 10 October, 11.30am and 2pm – booking essential
Walks for people with dementia – Tuesday 17 October, 10.30am from Victoria Gate, walk lasts up to one hour