Cultivation of allotment gardens, gardening labour, plants, plant material and plotting are subjects explored by multi-disciplined artist Kate Corder in her exhibition Plant and Plot at the Turbine House. Kate completed a PhD in Art at University of Reading in 2014. During her research she used a small garden plot within the Museum of English Rural Life garden from October 2009 to September 2012 as a working area. The plot was much like a canvas. It was a site of experimentation, performance, planting and harvesting; a living sculptural installation affected by wildlife, weather and human interaction. Kate has continued to explore allotment cultivation through the use of two local authority allotment plots. Allotment sites are historic, estates, containers of wildlife habitat, plant life and environmental happenings. Plots are worked and reworked through repetitive labour, creating continuity in the layering of time and durational engagement situated within everyday life.
A rotating series of films will be shown in the exhibition. These films will include work in MERL's garden, studies of gardening labour, allotments and plant material, Tolhust Stockfree Organic Vegetables (shown at EAST international 2009), HOW - Heathrow Orchard Walks (2014-2016) and Plants and Plots (2012-2018). Paintings of endangered plants, companion planting prints, pots of Jam, allotment archive material and various other artworks will also be in the exhibition.