Grace Ndiritu’s art and activism is inspired by living in alternative communities and her own spiritual esoteric practice over the last twenty years. 

 

Plant Theatre for Plant People took place over four days in October 2021 at Aberdeen Art Gallery. Led by British Art Show 9 Artist, Grace Ndiritu, and assisted by local artists Kinga Elliott and Aymee Charlton; participants came together to form a creative community inspired by plants and their natural habitats.

 

Plant Theatre for Plant People aimed to create a community of people who would learn from plants through bonding and community building exercises; outdoor meditation classes; exploring ecological activism through connecting with plant spirits and creating costumes, masks and placards. Protest and performance also played a part. The project culminated in a celebratory Plant People protest in which participants paraded through Aberdeen, wearing the outfits that were created during the project.

 

Take a look at some photos of the costumes that were created from Plant Theatre for Plant People.

 

Grace Ndiritu, Plant Theatre for Plant People, 2021. © Grace Ndiritu. Part of British Art Show 9, 2021-22, Aberdeen Art Gallery. A Hayward Gallery Touring exhibition organised in collaboration with galleries across the cities of Aberdeen, Wolverhampton, Manchester and Plymouth. Photo: Steve Smith

 

Grace Ndiritu, Plant Theatre for Plant People, 2021. © Grace Ndiritu. Part of British Art Show 9, 2021-22, Aberdeen Art Gallery. A Hayward Gallery Touring exhibition organised in collaboration with galleries across the cities of Aberdeen, Wolverhampton, Manchester and Plymouth. Photo: Steve Smith

 

Grace Ndiritu, Plant Theatre for Plant People, 2021. © Grace Ndiritu. Part of British Art Show 9, 2021-22, Aberdeen Art Gallery. A Hayward Gallery Touring exhibition organised in collaboration with galleries across the cities of Aberdeen, Wolverhampton, Manchester and Plymouth. Photo: Steve Smith

 

Grace Ndiritu, Plant Theatre for Plant People, 2021. © Grace Ndiritu. Part of British Art Show 9, 2021-22, Aberdeen Art Gallery. A Hayward Gallery Touring exhibition organised in collaboration with galleries across the cities of Aberdeen, Wolverhampton, Manchester and Plymouth. Photo: Steve Smith

 

Grace Ndiritu, Plant Theatre for Plant People, 2021. © Grace Ndiritu. Part of British Art Show 9, 2021-22, Aberdeen Art Gallery. A Hayward Gallery Touring exhibition organised in collaboration with galleries across the cities of Aberdeen, Wolverhampton, Manchester and Plymouth. Photo: Steve Smith

 

Grace Ndiritu, Plant Theatre for Plant People, 2021. © Grace Ndiritu. Part of British Art Show 9, 2021-22, Aberdeen Art Gallery. A Hayward Gallery Touring exhibition organised in collaboration with galleries across the cities of Aberdeen, Wolverhampton, Manchester and Plymouth. Photo: Steve Smith

 

Grace Ndiritu, Plant Theatre for Plant People, 2021. © Grace Ndiritu. Part of British Art Show 9, 2021-22, Aberdeen Art Gallery. A Hayward Gallery Touring exhibition organised in collaboration with galleries across the cities of Aberdeen, Wolverhampton, Manchester and Plymouth. Photo: Steve Smith

 

Grace Ndiritu, Plant Theatre for Plant People, 2021. © Grace Ndiritu. Part of British Art Show 9, 2021-22, Aberdeen Art Gallery. A Hayward Gallery Touring exhibition organised in collaboration with galleries across the cities of Aberdeen, Wolverhampton, Manchester and Plymouth. Photo: Steve Smith

 

Grace Ndiritu, Plant Theatre for Plant People, 2021. © Grace Ndiritu. Part of British Art Show 9, 2021-22, Aberdeen Art Gallery. A Hayward Gallery Touring exhibition organised in collaboration with galleries across the cities of Aberdeen, Wolverhampton, Manchester and Plymouth. Photo: Steve Smith

 

Grace Ndiritu, Plant Theatre for Plant People, 2021. © Grace Ndiritu. Part of British Art Show 9, 2021-22, Aberdeen Art Gallery. A Hayward Gallery Touring exhibition organised in collaboration with galleries across the cities of Aberdeen, Wolverhampton, Manchester and Plymouth. Photo: Steve Smith

 

Grace Ndiritu, Plant Theatre for Plant People, 2021. © Grace Ndiritu. Part of British Art Show 9, 2021-22, Aberdeen Art Gallery. A Hayward Gallery Touring exhibition organised in collaboration with galleries across the cities of Aberdeen, Wolverhampton, Manchester and Plymouth. Photo: Steve Smith

 

Grace Ndiritu, Plant Theatre for Plant People, 2021. © Grace Ndiritu. Part of British Art Show 9, 2021-22, Aberdeen Art Gallery. A Hayward Gallery Touring exhibition organised in collaboration with galleries across the cities of Aberdeen, Wolverhampton, Manchester and Plymouth. Photo: Steve Smith

 

Grace Ndiritu, Plant Theatre for Plant People, 2021. © Grace Ndiritu. Part of British Art Show 9, 2021-22, Aberdeen Art Gallery. A Hayward Gallery Touring exhibition organised in collaboration with galleries across the cities of Aberdeen, Wolverhampton, Manchester and Plymouth. Photo: Steve Smith

 

Grace Ndiritu, Plant Theatre for Plant People, 2021. © Grace Ndiritu. Part of British Art Show 9, 2021-22, Aberdeen Art Gallery. A Hayward Gallery Touring exhibition organised in collaboration with galleries across the cities of Aberdeen, Wolverhampton, Manchester and Plymouth. Photo: Steve Smith

 

 

More information: 

Grace Ndiritu 

Grace Ndiritu (born 1982, Birmingham) lives and works in Birmingham. Ndiritu studied at Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton and De Ateliers, Amsterdam, Netherlands. Ndiritu’s art and activism is inspired by alternative communities, spirituality and lifestyles. In 2017 she initiated her live art project, The Ark, in the migrant suburbs of Paris, France. This ‘model for living off-grid in an urban setting’ brought together scientists, artists, gardeners, economists and spiritual practitioners. Other ongoing projects involving diverse groups of people in performance, meditation or protest include Healing the Museum, which seeks to re-activate the ‘sacredness’ of art spaces. Protest, an important facet of Ndiritu’s practice, plays a part in Plant Theatre for Plant People, her project for British Art Show 9. With her fashion and economic research project COVERSLUT©, Ndiritu works with refugees, migrants and young artists to create a PAY WHAT YOU CAN clothing line dedicated to class warfare. 

 

Read more about Grace Ndiritu here.

 

Local Artists: Aymee Charlton and Kinga Elliott

 

Participants: Sara Stroud, Annie McIntosh, Sophie Will, Emily Weaver, Samuel Munyeza, Alexandria Franklin, Vachagan Meloyan, Aleksandra Ka, Meraud Pengelly, Fiona MacDonald, Christine Arnold, Bart Grabski