Open Garden with Katie Ellen Fields
An inclusive, sensory garden and play-scape accessible to everyone.
Launched June 2019.
Artist and horticulturalist Katie Ellen Fields collaborates with Milton Keynes communities in Open Garden; an animated and engaging public artwork taking shape as a sensory garden and interactive play-scape within the grounds of Milton Keynes Arts Centre.
Situated within the space will be raised beds tall enough for wheelchair users to easily sit to prune and maintain the plants, with each bed displaying a carefully curated display of colour, smell and touch. Wind chimes will feature within a hanging garden lining the Northern corner, along with bird boxes in surrounding trees to create an orchestra of sounds.
Designed by and for communities with disabilities, Open Garden sets an example of how garden spaces can bring accessibility and inclusion to the forefront of play in Milton Keynes.
Open Garden is supported by public funding from Milton Keynes Community Foundation.
Katie Ellen Fields lives and works in Milton Keynes, UK. She studied art at the University of Northampton and horticulture at Shuttleworth College, Bedford.
Fields’ has a studio and allotment in Milton Keynes.
Her practice centres around object making and reverence. She often works with objects used in rituals and ceremonies, and supports this with performative and interactive installations. Tea culture has been a recent area of exploration, and currently horticulture has inspired her work.