12pm: Living installation
1pm: Reading by Rachel Pimm
1:30pm: Talk by Mark Spencer
2pm: Reading by Cecilia Cruz
2:30pm: Conversation with Leah Borromeo
3:30pm: Living installation and plant B2B
Throughout: Drawings by Somang Lee
Leah Borromeo is a journalist and filmmaker at the crossroads of art and journalism. Described as “redolent with mischief” by the New Internationalist, much of her work involves personal narrative, public and private space, social architectures, the environment and the language of journalism.
Cecilia Cruz is from Michoacán, a state on the Pacific Ocean to the southwest of Mexico. She works in London as a Stained Glass Artisan. Through her interest in Mesoamerican culture and food she presents Sacred Seeds a workshop that invites guests to experience a spiritual and historical journey. Exploring the culture of Maíz with ceremonies, poetry, mythology and Tamales, a dish dating back to around 8000BC.
Somang Lee is an illustrator and performance artist based in London. Careful looking, collecting and recording the natural world through drawings lies at the heart of her work and she has been keeping a plant diary since 2016. Somang has worked on a wide variety of commissions including illustrations for Botanical Gardens at Kew and several books on flowers for Pavilion Books.
Dr Mark Spencer is an experienced and internationally respected botanist. His expertise covers many disciplines including forensic botany, the plants of North-west Europe, invasive species and the history of botanical science. He also spends a large amount of time studying the plants and fungi of London.