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Creative Conversations | 'Botanical Minds': Gina Buenfeld-Murley and Gemma Anderson in conversation with Claudia Tobin
This Spring Term, the Royal Drawing School continues its series of Creative Conversations; online dialogues between artists, curators and writers. Curated by Dr Claudia Tobin, lectures are held Wednesday evenings live on Zoom.

Exploring the exhibition 'The Botanical Mind: Art, Mysticism and the Cosmic Tree' at Camden Art Centre, curator Gina Buenfeld and artist and researcher Gemma Anderson discuss the relationship between botanical life, visual art and the imagination with Claudia Tobin. Drawing on indigenous traditions from the Amazon rainforest; alternative perspectives on Western scientific rationalism; and new thinking around plant intelligence, philosophy and cultural theory, the exhibition and its online counterpart investigates the significance of the plant kingdom to human life, consciousness and spirituality across cultures and through time. As the Royal Drawing School develops its sustainable and green drawing programmes, this is an opportunity to discuss different ways of thinking about and understanding plant life through drawing.

Mar 10, 2021 07:00 PM in London

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Speakers

Gina Buenfeld-Murley
Exhibitions Curator at Camden Art Centre
Gina Buenfeld-Murley is Exhibitions Curator at Camden Art Centre where she has co-curated exhibitions including The Botanical Mind: Art, Mysticism and The Cosmic Tree (2020) and A Tale of Mother’s Bones: Grace Pailthorpe, Reuben Mednikoff and the Birth of Psychorealism (2019). She has also undertaken many independent curatorial and research projects in the UK, Finland, South America and Japan.
Dr Gemma Anderson
Artist and Researcher
Dr Gemma Anderson is an artist and researcher, currently co-investigator on the art/science/philosophy AHRC funded project ‘Representing Biology as Process’ (2017-2021) at the University of Exeter.
Dr Claudia Tobin
Writer and Curator
Dr Claudia Tobin is a writer and curator and a Senior Research Associate at Jesus College Cambridge. She recently co-curated Jerusalem in Exile: Artist’s Books by Kamal Boullata and published Modernism and Still Life: Artists, Writers, Dancers (2020).