11:00am-1:00pm, 26 July–6 December 2022
Hospitalfield are working with artist and herbalist Ju Scott to develop a project that connects the practice of herbalism with societal structures of care through a model of solidarity.
As a traditional practice of healthcare, herbalism should be something that we all have access to but due to the extremely profitable and therefore dominant nature of the pharmaceutical medicine model and disconnection from land-based practices herbalism has become a private medicine. It has become something that is only available to those with the money to pay for it and or the time and knowledge to prepare it.
Following a series of workshops over the last two years, a group formed through Angus Carers Network have been recovering this knowledge and learning how to make several herbal preparations, skincare and first aid. The project is now in a development phase with Ju Scott undertaking a microresidency at Hospitalfield to develop this social artwork with regular making workshops running from July to December 2022.
By becoming empowered with the knowledge of a process, from plant to product, from sun to skin, a life changing connection with nature is deepened. The making and sharing of knowledge has a ripple effect, the carers connections to the plants and land are carried into their communities. Crucial to this project is the collective space formed where participants get to share and create in the process, a powerful social fabric.
This new phase will more specifically connect Hospitalfield’s walled garden and grounds by making use of the plants local to and in abundance at Hospitalfield, pulling in Hospitalfield’s history as a medieval monastic herbal garden. Over the next six sessions, carers from around Angus will learn about these plants and their medicinal qualities and dry, process and prepare them into products. During the monthly sessions the participants will each take two products home (one for themselves and another for anyone they care for). Any additional herbal remedies will be distributed by Hospitalfield and charity partners. The items sold by Hospitalfield will be priced on a pay it forward model, meaning that for each item sold, one will also be given free to someone in the carers network or through other solidarity structures.
11am – 1pm, 26 July
11am – 1pm, 2 August [Postponed]
11am – 1pm, 6 September
11am – 1pm, 4 October
11am – 1pm, 1 November
11am – 1pm, 6 December
Participants are encouraged to attend all workshops in the series.
These workshops are designed for adult carers or young carers in Angus. You may be a parent, a son or daughter, a sister or brother or friend to someone who needs your support as a result of their illness, condition or disability. There is no age limit. Please book online or you can contact firstname.lastname@example.org to book a place or call 01241 656 124.
About Ju Scott
Ju is an artist whose practice spans object making, music and audio production, DJing, movement and performance, writing and teaching. It is informed by both studying and creating affordable or free access to herbalism and bodywork. They have been involved in herbal projects for the past 7 years and are excited by pedagogy that foregrounds the knowledge everyone has inherently in their bodies. They are keen to create spaces that allow knowledge to be shared which supports our communities to have collective tools for embodiment and connection.
These workshops are designed for adult carers or young carers in Angus. You may be a parent, a son or daughter, a sister or brother or friend to someone who needs your support as a result of their illness, condition or disability. There is no age limit. Please contact email@example.com or call 01241 656 124 if you have any questions.
Hospitalfield Gardens and Café is wheelchair accessible via a ramp into the Gardens and there are wide pathways throughout the Walled Gardens. It is possible to access the ground floor level of the restored Fernery. Hospitalfield would like to prepare with you for your visit and give any information which could help, so please do get in touch. There is accessible parking available on site by the entrance to the Garden.