Open Cambridge: Vegetal Hospitality online talk

Date: 14 September 2021

Time: 19.00-20.30

Join artist Emma Smith to explore the city as an expanded allotment and takes inspiration from the history of allotments in Petersfield and Romsey. This talk will share plants that can be foraged in urban spaces as well as reflections on living reciprocally with our more than human co-habitants.

The talk is free however spaces must be prebooked.

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This talk will explore the hospitality of urban plants: their foragable offerings and expertise in sharing and ask how we might reciprocate.

How can we better attend to the plants we co-habit with and return the generosity they show us? What can the plant world teach us about hospitality and being a good neighbour?

Delve into the generous offerings of the foragable city and reflect on how we might return the favour to our vegetal super hosts.

This talk is part of Emma Smith’s art project Phuplec: an artwork that celebrates the small, the wild, the overripe, the rotten, the undesired and the redundant as necessary tactics for a sustainable future. Phuplec is commissioned by Resonance-Cambridge where Emma is the artist-in-residence for Cromwell Road.

Emma is an international artist based in Cambridge. Her work has been shown at Kettle’s Yard, Fitzwilliam Museum, Tate Modern, Barbican and Whitechapel Gallery among many more.

Cromwell Road is part of Resonance-Cambridge, the public art programme commissioned by Cambridge Investment Partnership. Further information about the creative programme can be found at

This event is being held as part of Open Cambridge 2021, which will take place from 10 – 19 September 2021.

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