Art, Cookery & Positivity with Artist Kanj Nicholas

Over the past six months, we have been working closely with a team of artists at Boundary Way, supported by funds from Arts Council England. These artists have been busy taking inspiration from the site to create beautiful art work, in a range of media, and running a diverse programme of workshops. It has been an incredible experience to work with such creative people and today we thought we would continue to talk about the amazing work that these artists have been doing and put the spotlight on artist, Kanj Nicholas.

Some of Kanj's work in the Sense Of Place Exhibition at Boundary Way

Some of Kanj’s work in the Sense Of Place Exhibition at Boundary Way

Supported by Arts Council England we are delighted to be working with a team of artists who have been exploring the allotments and garden in a range of media.

In her practise Kanj creates uplifting work including paintings, ceramic pieces and felt. She finds inspiration in nature’s shapes, textures and vibrant colours, and is a proud plot holder at a local allotment. During her time at Boundary Way Kanj has spent time studying the site through partaking in workshops and creating art in situ across the allotments and community garden. Her study of the site and love of nature led to the creation of her gorgeous sunflower paintings, which were exhibited in our recent ‘Sense of Place’ Exhibition.

Kanj working on the Allotment during our July Open Day - One of her Sunflower Paintings

Kanj working on the Allotment during our July Open Day – One of her Sunflower Paintings

We exhibited four of Kanj’s vibrant sunflower pieces, that were all inspired by her time at Boundary Way, reflecting it’s nature as an uplifting and vibrant place to be. Kanj wanted her artwork to convey a message of optimism and positivity and to let us know that ‘we can all be a sunflower’, the perfect message for our exhibition and project. As well as elevating us with her inspiring artwork Kanj also lead a food sharing & cookery session, inspired by her rich Sri-Lankan heritage and love of home grown food.

Everyone arriving to prepare & share food in Kanj's cooking workshop

Everyone arriving to prepare & share food in Kanj’s cooking workshop

As well as working as an artist, Kanj also runs ‘Kanj’s Krafty Cakes’ and her talent for baking and cooking was obvious the moment that our cookery session began. Using as much produce from the allotment as possible she demonstrated the cooking of three different vegetarian curries, feeding and teaching the whole team (and guests too)! It was a  wonderful session that left us hopeful for the future of food sharing and cookery sessions with Kanj at Boundary Way, so watch this space!

Kanj demonstrating how to cook the food during the workshop

Kanj demonstrating how to cook the food during the workshop

 

Kanj working at the allotment, taking inspiration from the site

As previously mentioned all of our work with amazing artists like Kanj has been funded through Arts Council Grants for the Arts to support research and development work to establish Boundary Way as a venue for community arts activity. It has been great working with Kanj, who is such a positive & talented artist. In the future we hope to develop further cookery sessions with her, so we can learn more about using what we have on the allotment to create amazing, homemade meals, and also for her to continue creating art inspired by the allotment with us.

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