As our new, and indeed first, gardener in residence, Hilary Cunliffe-Charlesworth has been given licence to explore the largely uncharted horticultural possibilities of Bank Street Arts. Hilary’s initial focus will be the reinvention of our courtyard space and, with the support of Nicholas Peirce of White Cottage Daylilies
, she’s planning a garden of billowing grasses, tall bamboos and wild flowers for all-year colour and texture. As well as busying herself with planting and pruning, Hilary is looking to initiate, develop and curate a series of horticulture-themed events, exhibitions and educational activities.
Although most immediately identified as a lecturer in Fine Art and Media & Communications- she taught at the much-missed Psalter Lane Art College and now works at Sheffield Hallam University- gardening is at the heart of Hilary’s practice. She has led summer schools looking at renowned gardens Sissington and Great Dixter, and is inspired by the work of Raoul Dufy, Samuel Palmer and Paul Nash. Although originally from the South, Hilary now proudly declares herself to be ‘a bit Yorkshire’ (even though her mother was a Lancastrian).