St Nicks

Centre for nature and green living

22 Sep

Converge at The Pollinarium

Sat 22 Sep 2018 at 9:30 am - 3:00 pm

The Artists Garden, behind York Gallery, Exhibition Square, York, YO1 7EW

The Plant Pavillion
The Plant Pavillion will form the entrance to the Pollinarium and is a meeting point for all the related events

Please note the timing of this event has changed to 9:30am-3pm (it is not correct in printed publicity materials).

The Plant Pavillion of The Pollinarium is located behind the Art Gallery and can be accessed from Exhibition Square (path to the right of the Gallery), Marygate or through the Museum Gardens beyond the Edible Wood.

Converge is a partnership project between York St John University and Tees, Esk and Wear Valley’s NHS Foundation Trust. Its aim is to deliver high quality educational courses to people recovering from mental health experiences. Converge team of tutors and students will be hosting a series of events at the Plant Pavillion which anyone can take part in or watch, and will include:
  • 9:30am – Movement in Nature: A session aimed at gentle movement to enjoy the early morning at the Pollinarium, with Dance Tutor at Converge Christi Barnes.
  • 11:00am – Bee Themed Writing: Bees are some of the most important pollinators but, as well as pollinating plants, bees can pollinate and inspire creativity. In this workshop, creative writing tutors Helen Kenwright and Alex Weston will guide you through bee themed writing exercises designed to inspire and pollinate your writing.
  • 1pm – ‘Nature Voices’: Come along and use your natural singing voice in a wonderful natural setting. Chris Bartram will lead everyone in gentle warm ups, and teach some simple songs and harmonies on the theme of plants and nature! No previous experience necessary, just bring your voice! Chris Bartram is a member of the Natural Voice Network, and leads a variety of singing workshops, including directing Converge’s Communitas choir.
  • 2:00pm – Nature Haiku:  Emma McKenzie,  Team Lead for the Discovery Hub at Converge and Creative Writing Tutor for St Nicks Ecotherapy Project, will give a short talk on the importance of the natural world to our wellbeing and how to use Japanese haiku poetry as a start point to engaging with our natural landscapes and environment.

The event is FREE and open to all ages. It is part of a series of family-friendly events and activities organised by St Nicks to run every Wednesday and Saturday from 8 August – 26 September in the Artists Gardens. From pollinator walks, storytelling and a night time safari, there is something for everyone. You will find the full programme on the Pollinarium page.


Co-commissioned by York Mediale, York Museums & Gallery Trust and Invisible Dust, The Pollinarium is a collaboration between the Spatial Laboratory Loop.pH, Carl H Smith (Ravensbourne) and Mark Ransley (UCL) and supported by St Nicks, York Centre for Nature and Green Living.

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