Working with Nottingham City Council and Patel Taylor architects , the Contemporary Art Society appointed Neville Gabie as lead artist on the regeneration of Sneinton Market Square, Nottingham.
The resulting commission Orchard opened in December 2011 with the planting of apple trees in the new square, intended for communal use and celebrating the market’s long history as a centre for food production and distribution. To mark this, Gabie 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 in order to create a diverse urban orchard spanning the east side of the city.
Alongside the apple tree adoption scheme, Gabie, curator Jennie Syson and the Contemporary Art Society invited Nottingham-based artists Rebecca Beinart, Mathew Trivett and Oliver Dalby with writer and poet Wayne Burrows to join them in creating a varied programme of events to celebrate the planting of the apple trees.
The programme included a lively symposium at Nottingham Contemporary featuring speakers such as acclaimed writer Carolyn Steel, Artists Nina Pope and John Newling and Claire Patey, Curator of Feast on the Bridge. Orchard continued to celebrate the launch of the market square with an exhibition at Nottingham’s Surface Gallery, a jam-packed Sneinton Market filled with drinks and craft; and finally an Orchard themed feast at Stonebridge City Farm.
To find out more about Orchard go to www.orchardsneinton.co.uk