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Habitat by Tania Kovats, City Road Basin. Image: Brian Whar

Secret Garden Project is a programme of temporary commissions and pop up art events by young and established artists that creates a trail of London's secret gardens, lesser known green spaces, and urban corners.

This varied programme of sculpture, performance, planting projects, artists' walks and literary works tapped into environmental themes creating new habitats for wildlife, revealing the parks' ecological characteristics, and bringing a touch of green to greyer sites around the capital.

The Secret Garden Project has evolved across different London Boroughs from May 2010 onwards, beginning with the London Borough of Islington and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.

The project aims to:

-  Bring high quality art projects and events to London's public realm
-  Raise awareness of the ecological and cultural value of urban green space
-  Encourage an understanding and engagement with ecology and biodiversity
-  Create opportunities for community engagement and collaboration
-  Encourage innovation

Some commissions draw on what UP Projects' calls contemporary heritage (combining local anecdotes, interest areas, with historical information and a cultural focus), where others respond to the physical context of the sites (the surrounding architecture, the ecology of the area, etc).  Some projects offer an intervention that enhances the existing park or greenspace, and in so doing, emphasising the ecological and social benefits or qualities of these sites, where others transform spaces in the city that are far from green into a creative, artist's interpretation of what a garden can be.


Margot Bannerman
Bee Stop

July 2010 – ongoing

Sans facon
The Field

January 2012 - ongoing

Markus Vater
SGP Artist in Residence

November 2011 - April 2012

Tania Kovats

May 2011 - ongoing

London Fieldworks
Spontaneous City

July 2010 - ongoing

Henry Krokatsis
Turning Tree

May 2015 - ongoing

Related Projects

Secret Garden Project Lewisham

July 2013 – May 2015

Jacques Nimki
Common Knowledge

March 2012 – October 2013