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From 18 to 24 June, British Flowers Week mania swept across the nation with events small and large taking place all over the UK, all celebrating and promoting the provenance of homegrown blooms. The hashtag #BritishFlowersWeek was seen by millions of people on social media, reaching 12.7 million people on Twitter and 2.4 million on Instagram, and there were around 6,500 posts from 3,500 different people using the hashtag.

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On Saturday 7th July New Covent Garden Market will host its first ever performance art installation as part of the capital’s Art Night - a trail between Southbank Centre to Battersea Power Station. The whole event will see 12 special projects curated by Hayward Gallery alongside over 50 venues curated by cultural organisations, independent artists and creatives throughout South Bank, Vauxhall and Nine Elms. The space at the Flower Market at New Covent Garden Market will become a unique stage for a spectacular experiential performance conceived by Canadian-born artist Tamara Henderson.

Art Night is London’s largest free contemporary arts festival, and as part of the event Henderson will take over the Flower Market from 6pm – 4am, creating a newly commissioned durational performance piece called Vision 3: Flower Transition (2018). As the UK’s biggest specialist flower and plant hall supplying 75% of London’s florists, the market provides an apt location for this celebration of horticulture.

Ksenia Zemtsova and Philippine Nguyen, Founders of Art Night, said “Art Night 2018 will continue to offer an artistic exploration of London, celebrating diversity, culture, heritage and architecture, through an engaging, free and multidisciplinary programme of events. We’re delighted to present the programme in South London for the first time this year and to continue to be a part of the city’s growing night-time culture.”

Artist Anna Skladmann will also create an installation piece for the facade of the Flower Market building. Her work will explore notions of nature and society, cultivation and the machine, using specimens sourced from the market.

Art Night is free to attend and those visiting the Flower Market simply need to turn up between 6pm and 4am on Saturday 7th July to catch Tamara Henderson’s durational performance.

 

Pictured: backdrop - New Covent Garden Market; front - Artist Tamara Henderson, Anna Skladmann 'The Blushing Bride', 2017 from the series 'The Ghost In The Machine'

 

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Hero shotFive talented florists from across the country are set to wow the crowds at this year’s RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show as they compete for the prestigious title of Interflora Florist of the Year. At stake is the chance to represent Interflora British Unit at next year’s Floristry World Cup in Philadelphia, USA.

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