We hope you can join us on Friday 16th, Saturday 17th or Sunday 18th March for our “FOR THE LOVE OF LETTUCE” Exhibition showing the amazing collection of memories, anecdotes and photographs we have collected during the past year to celebrate Melbourne’s Market Gardening Heritage. It is also a great opportunity to see the stunning images our final three Market Gardens – F Heath of Melbourne, F Jackson & Son, W Sharp & Sons – taken by Christopher Mear during the past year.
We are extremely grateful to the Heritage Lottery Fund Sharing Heritage Grant which enabled us to undertake this project.
We will continue to collect information so contact us if you would like to help, but it’s time to share!
See our Artists page for full details.
We look forward to hearing from you!
We are getting busy preparing the Call for Artists for the 2018 Melbourne Festival Art & Architecture Trail.
Check out this website mid-February for full details.
Art & Architecture Trail dates confirmed for 15th & 16th September.
We are also working on the programme of concerts and events, lots of exciting ideas coming together so watch this space!
During January and February Sharpes Pottery Museum at Swadlincote are hosting “For the Love of Lettuce” and Exhibition celebrating Melbourne’s Market Gardening Industry. The Exhibition was created by the Melbourne Festival team and is the culmination of a year long project collecting photographs, memories and anecdotes about Melbourne’s old market gardens. The exhibition also includes photographs taken during 2017 of Heaths of Melbourne, F. Jackson & Sons and W. Sharp & Sons -the three remaining market gardens – by photographer Christopher Mear (seen in the photo attached).
There will also be a more extensive exhibition at Melbourne Senior Citizen Centre in Church Street, Melbourne on 16, 17 & 18 March.
Melbourne Festival say they would like to say a big thank you to The Heritage Lottery Fund for a Sharing Heritage Grant which funded this project, to our partners – People Express and Talking Birds, to photographer Christopher Mears and to everyone who has shared memories, photographs and helped with this project.