ORCHARD, by Neville Gabie is a major new commission for Nottingham’s recently revamped Sneinton Market. The award-winning artist has planted a series of apple trees in the new square, intended for communal use and enjoyment. The artist also donated apple trees of over 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.
Orchard was commissioned by Nottingham City Council to mark the launch of the new square, designed by Patel Taylor architects. The ground-breaking initiative has been managed by longstanding commissioners of art in the public realm, Contemporary Art Society with the assistance of Nottingham based curator, Jennie Syson.
Over the weekend launch of Sneinton Market, Neville Gabie invited Nottingham based artists and organisations to join him in creating a varied programme of events to celebrate the planting of the apple trees. This programme comprised an exhibition, a symposium, a market, and a feast alongside night-time projections and sampling of delicious local produce. Visitors were able to take part in a number of ways through demonstrations ranging from cooking to painting; from rigorous discussion and debate to a traditional ‘Wassailing’ and cider sampling to welcome the new trees to the square.
Orchard is both an artwork in itself and an ongoing programme of events. The apple trees planted for Orchard represent Nottingham City Council’s ongoing commitment to the production of urban food linked to community engagement in the city. This artwork is unique and site specific and has been especially designed link one of the oldest fruit and veg markets in the country to the wider debate of sustainable food in a city centre context. Orchard’s programme has been devised in partnership with Nottingham based organisations concerned with this need. Find out more about our partners.