A Common Ground until 28 October 2018

An imaginative and thought-provoking community garden open for all to enjoy

Opening times

Monday to Sunday 10.00–18.00

Tate Britain, Millbank, London SW1P 4RG

Photo ©Tate (Anne Tetzlaff)

Come and enjoy our imaginative and thought provoking temporary garden. Designed by artist collective Something & Son, the garden is built and maintained with the help of many volunteers from local communities.

A Common Ground transforms Tate Britain’s front lawns into a working garden for the stomach, soul and society. Using sensors, voice recognition and sculptures, the garden is designed to instigate sociability – talking will trigger fountains to flow and metaphorically sustain the life of the garden and structures will gently shepherd people together. The aim is to make you feel at ease and to encourage conversation, eye contact and connections with strangers. The garden is addressing the modern epidemic of loneliness.

The plants, vegetables, herbs and flowers in the garden have been chosen to reflect multicultural London today, and highlight the unexpected ancient origin of plants and how they’re used in modern-day cuisines.

You can bring picnics, relax in the deckchairs provided, or play a game of table tennis. You can also learn more about the plants in the garden and are invited to visit the greenhouse to share your food story, memory or favourite recipe in the food scrapbook.

Photograph of a group of children at A Common Ground

Photo ©Tate (Anne Tetzlaff)

Photograph of yellow climbing on plant beds

Photo ©Alexandra Emese Lazar

Photograph of baby tomatoes

Photo ©Alexandra Emese Lazar

Photograph of a child at A Common Ground

Photo ©Tate (Anne Tetzlaff)

Photography of two children at an event at A Common Ground

Photo ©Tate (Anne Tetzlaff)

Photograph of a fountain made of soup in A Common ground

Photo ©Alexandra Emese Lazar

Photograph of a group of people at A Common Ground

Photo ©Tate (Joe Humphrys)

Photograph of a pair of hand cutting loose leaves

Photo ©Alexandra Emese Lazar

Photograph of A Common Ground

Photo ©Tate (Anne Tetzlaff)

Photograph of pot planting at A Common Ground

Photo ©Tate (Anne Tetzlaff)

Photograph of three female visitors in a workshop at A Common Ground

Opening times

Monday to Sunday 10.00–18.00

Free

Location

Tate Britain
Millbank
London SW1P 4RG
Plan your visit

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Tour

A sensory walk through A Common Ground

26 Sep 2018

Join horticulturalists, Dunya and Joy, as they use touch, smell and sound to lead a sensory walk through A Common ...

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Workshop

Deep Listening Sunday Mornings

30 Sep 2018, 14 Oct 2018, 21 Oct 2018

Start your Sunday by deeply listening to your body and the world that surrounds you

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Workshop

Ghosts and Gourds

27 Oct 2018

​Join us for an exciting afternoon of pumpkin carving, garden games and crafts for all to enjoy

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