In the Summer of 2011, Wayward developed the first iteration of the Urban Physic Garden (UPG) – transforming a derelict site in London, with the help of nearly 200 volunteers. As a pop-up, temporary land use project and a prototype for future projects, the garden had a set of remarkable achievements in its first summer, including:
• Award-winning architectural, community-built design.
• 100+ events, ranging from lectures to herbal medicine workshops, to high profile theatrical performances, film premiers and music.
• A decommissioned ambulance turned into a farm-to-table café.
• International artist, performance and writing commissions including original immersive theatre and the UK Premiere of an acclaimed architectural pavilion from the Venice Architecture Biennial 2010.
• Innovative education programming and exhibitions in food, sustainability, plants, health and medicine.
• Major cultural, academic and institutional partnerships, including Kings College and the Tate Modern, alongside instrumental local and community partnerships.
The UPG became the subject of international press and was shortlisted for the Royal Institute of British Architect’s Forgotten Spaces award. Icon Magazine included the UPG in their Highlights of 2011, and Monocle Magazine featured the garden in their review of the Best Urban Farm Projects. The UPG toured South-east Asia and Europe with the British Council, and recently exhibited in Mexico.
We are developing a new, larger-scale UPG for London in partnership with the Wellcome Collection. Watch this space for more details!