Do not step on the Flwowos Showcase - Camden Art Centre

A weekend celebration of a year-long learning project with local school children.

Do not step on the Flwowos (Flowers) is a project led by artist Johanna Tagada Hoffbeck working with every pupil from year 1 to 6 at a nearby school in Brent. Through a series of workshops, participants have been encouraged to experience the links between creativity and the environment.

Using the key themes of “Joy and Togetherness” activities included collaborative collage, ikebana-style arrangements using fresh flowers and composing and planting their own garden designs at the school using organic seeds. The programme is designed to inspire pupils to think expansively about what art and horticulture is and who can do it.

This showcase event will feature artworks created by the children throughout the year alongside project documentation, photography and a new video work created by Johanna. Together with the workshops, Johanna has also been working in our ceramics studio to create a new series of works in terracotta using the kurinuki method, which will be displayed here for the first time.

We will also host a seed swap where attendees can donate and take seeds to plant elsewhere, and on Saturday 1st there will be a pop-up planting station using surplus stock from the project, which will be available for visitors to use.

Visitors can drop in during the day, or book a free entry ticket.

Talk with Johanna Tagada Hoffbeck The Artist

Talk with Johanna Tagada Hoffbeck

In addition, on Saturday 8th from 3-4pm, Johanna will be in conversation with our Learning Curator talking about the project and giving an insight into her working practice and reflections on working with the pupils.

Entry is free with limited capacity.

The Artist

Johanna Tagada Hoffbeck (b.1990, Strasbourg, France) is a painter, transdisciplinary artist and cultural practitioner based in rural Oxfordshire (England). Her practice composed of painting, drawing, installation, sculpture, film, photography and writing often conceals ecological messages, rendered in soft and delicate methods. In several of the artist’s projects, interaction with the environment and others plays a central role. Recent solo exhibitions include Dreaming about Tomorrow at Nidi Gallery and Caring & Tender -A Painter’s Photographic Diary at Terrace Square Photo Tokyo. Books on her practice have been published by InOtherWords Imprint, Chose Commune and Jane & Jeremy, and are available to purchase in our Shop.

In 2014, Johanna founded the positive and collaborative cultural project Poetic Pastel. In 2018, the artist co-founded the publication series Journal du Thé – Contemporary Tea Culture. In 2021 she founded The Gardening Drawing Club. Coming from a family of passionate gardeners, Johanna received horticultural training in France and England, and she now tends to her two veganic allotment plots in Oxfordshire. Since 2018 she has studied Ikebana at the Ohara School. In 2021 she began her training in Social and Therapeutic Horticulture.