Talk: Somerset House X Heckfield: Art of the mushroom
Join us during The Assembly's Value of Curiosity month, listening and questioning our panel on how the forest talks to each other: the natural fungi network.
Hear about the fungi kingdom in which a tree across the forest can help heal another… and the science behind this; the new thinking on mushrooms; their role for design, technology, society and economics; and the magic of mushrooms - from the psychedelic to the poetic.
Moderated by Francesca Gavin, curator of the upcoming Mushrooms: The Art, Design & Future of Fungi at London's Somerset House, the panel includes our Head of Forestry & Arboriculture Sam Crosse and forager Fergus Drennan.
Francesca Gavin is a curator and writer based in London. She is the Art Editor of Twin, Beauty Papers and Good Trouble magazine and editor at large at Kaleidoscope, and regularly contributes to the Financial Times, Dazed and AnOther Man among other publications. She was the co-curator of the Historical Exhibition of Manifesta11, has put on show in Paris, Berlin, New York and The Netherlands and was the founding curator of the Soho House Group. She is currently working on Mushrooms, a major exhiibtion on the art, design and future of fungi opening at Somerset House (31 Jan-26 April). www.francescagavin.com
(The following day, October 23, will see both foraging and mushroom-papermaking workshops with Fergus.)
Image of parasol mushroom on the Heckfied Place estate by arborist Dom Turner (Instagram: @dgaturner)
PLEASE NOTE: Due to high demand for our restaurants, express dinner before (three-course set menu for £25) or dinner after the event usually needs to be reserved in advance. If you would like to book a table, please email [email protected]