ABOUT THE {BOTANICAL BENTLEY} PROJECT

Early in 2016 Bryony&Bloom was awarded Arts Council England funding to undertake a unique commission in collaboration with Bentley Priory Museum. The project officially started in April, culminating in a series of workshops where Museum visitors were invited to co-create a temporary exhibition inspired by the botanical history of the site.

Before that point, however, there was several weeks of research - involving delving into original garden plans, researching 18th Century plant symbolism and the 'Great Age of English Garden Design', and uncovering floral motifs hidden around the building - part designed by Sir John Soane, no less.

The outcome is two large permanent murals that link the building with its gardens and the botanical motifs found within the galleries. As part of the project a trail was also created to encourage visitors to embark on a new journey around the Museum, highlighting interesting details uncovered through the research.