Writer & Artist in Residence

Writer-in-residence Lulah Ellender is a non-fiction writer from Lewes, East Sussex. Her first book, Elisabeth’s Lists, was published by Granta in 2018. Her second book, Grounding: Finding home in a garden, examines our connections to gardens and landscapes, and will be published in April 2022. As writer-in-residence at the festival Lulah will be exploring visitors’ memories of particular gardens or outdoor places that hold strong meaning for them. She will be creating a collective ‘memory garden’ design from these discussions, mapping these significant places, plants and memories onto a Piet Oudolf-inspired garden plan. Drop by and tell her about a natural place or plant that has your heart. 

Artist-in-Residence Polly Bennett (b. 1996) graduated from City & Guilds of London Art School in 2018 and in 2019 completed The Worshipful Company of Painter-Stainers Decorative Surfaces Fellowship. Subsequently, she is an Honorary Freeman of The Worshipful Company of Painter Stainers, and also a member of the Wilderness Art Collective, a group of creatives whose work discusses the natural world. 

Polly is a landscape artist “portraying the land, with the land” through traditional craftsmanship, using locally sourced materials in a process likened to alchemy. Combining a museological approach to materials with immediate observational responses, she collaborates with, and investigates the surrounding rural environment to re-visualise an experience of her own, and create one for the viewer. The concluding work recollects the explored environment as a memorialised snapshot, producing abstract and deconstructed results.

Honouring our world, Polly is slowly cutting out all synthetic pigments from her work – decreasing her involvement in the carbon footprint of paint manufacturing – by sourcing all her own natural pigments.