The garden is a celebration of the creative arts and their therapeutic power to restore lives. It is a planted canvas; a living installation that speaks of restoration through creativity.
250 handmade white porcelain butterflies, created by Japanese ceramicist Naoko Tagai, pour from a large sculpted chrysalis, made by Norfolk-based stone carver Teucer Wilson. This illustrates the sanctuary that Talitha Arts provides, and the transformational power of their creative workshops.
The garden unites sculpture, performance and planting - representing the wide spectrum of therapeutic arts. A minimalist palette of two main colours conveys the delicate moment between darkness (trauma) and light (transformation). Textural planting reflects the depth and complexity of trauma. Sculpture alongside performance ignites the stage to convey the simple message that the creative arts have the power to transform lives.
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Talitha Arts delivers therapeutic arts workshops and training for those who have experienced trauma, abuse, violence, homelessness and for those living with dementia. Talitha Arts harnesses the power of therapeutic creativity - applying this across the wide spectrum of the arts, bringing hope to those who have experienced trauma.
The garden will be repurposed to St Margaret’s House in Bethnal Green - a centre for arts and wellbeing opportunities, working with communities and charities to come together to promote positive social change. Talitha Arts base many of their activities in this venue, and will continue to use the Chelsea garden for outreach, performance and fundraising. The garden will be located in the grounds of the cafe - open to the community, providing a space for residents to eat, shop, learn, create, and enjoy a diverse cultural program.
Head to the link below to find out more about the garden and the people involved in its creation and legacy.