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This Open Studio Weekend piloted a project in collaboration  with plants to cultivate our creativity and connection to the non -human world. Encouraging a coming together to discuss and be curious about our place in the biosphere at this time of climate urgency.


Invited guests for a conversation in the round included:


VICKY ALLEN  -  Senior Features Writer, The Herald  /  STEVEN + FFION BLENCH  -  Chalk Plaster  /  FIONA HOUSTON  -  Founder and SeaEO,  Mara Seaweed  /  LUCINDA RIVERS  -  Director, Unicef UK  /  SARAN SOHI  -  Senior Lecturer, Edinburgh University Biochar Research Group  /  ROBERT YOUNGER  -  Solicitor, Fish Legal; Director, Scottish Creel Fishermen's Federation; Clerk to The Argyll District Salmon Fishery Board


Plants were for sale to raise funds for environmental projects in the community. Creative works were for sale to support their maker’s creativity whichever way they needed.



Drawing Down The Sun

Drawing Down The Sun - Close-up of Biochar

'A hotel with a free mini bar for micro-organisms'

Lithograph on Paper, Alison Grant, 2022

The 24 Collaborators were a wide range of people from chefs, writers, artists, allotment holders, gardeners, people from fossil fuel, food, marine and creative industries, as well as  children. Each Collaborator contributed to the Open Studio Exhibition anything they had created (without using any materials specifically purchased for the intervention), to be displayed in the Exhibition along with the plants they had nurtured.


Plants were propagated by division of a garden or houseplant and grown in reclaimed pots, without adding herbicides, pesticides or fertilizer, avoiding the environmental impact associated with the horticultural industry. The plants growing medium was garden compost containing Biochar and Seaweed. Plants capture carbon and produce oxygen to sustain all life on earth. The Biochar sequesters CO2 for up to 1000 years, conserves water and provides a free hotel with mini bar for thousands of tiny soil creatures in its cellular organic structure, improving soil biodiversity. The harvested seaweed frond tips had provided shelter and food for marine creatures, and drawn down CO2 by their rapid growth fuelled by sunlight. Their parent plants continue to do so while creating an oxygen rich microclimate, in the sea, to help protect marine creatures from our warming oceans. Increasing climate resilience and marine biodiversity. Seaweed growing and the production of biochar are ancient practices that can help facilitate the natural regeneration of bio-diverse, resilient ecosystems.

We welcome anyone interested in using this model for their own community project. Talk to us if you would like support in doing so.

See photographs below from Stockbridge Primary School who adapted this model for an educational setting in 2022

They hope to roll out this project across the whole school in 2023

Please talk to us if you would like support in doing so.


With thanks to Carbon Gold and Damhead Nursery

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