Courgette Harvest

Helen Murgatroyd

at Nancy Victor Gallery

The courgette plant is one of the most widely grown and most prolific producers in the home allotment. Falling in the month of July, Courgette Harvest is a celebration of the English courgette season; a memento to this humble green vegetable.

Operating under the pseudonym and brand-name 'Home Harvest', Helen has made a set of home spun tools and printing apparatus to allow her to grow and harvest her own bumper crop of courgettes. Each of the 2800 courgettes is made from a single painted cardboard toilet roll culminating in a 3D print installation which sits somewhere between a fruit shop and a recycling centre.

Courgette Harvest follows a 2 month collection campaign held in the north cornish town of Bude and the surrounding villages of Crackington Haven, Stratton and Wainhouse Corner. In total over 3000 cardboard tubes were gathered from collection points in cafes, village shops and places of work; a testament to the openness and fantastic community spirit of this coastal town. Two local schools were involved, exchanging toilet rolls for a print workshop, which will be led by Helen in the Autumn. Although the epicentre was in the south west, word of the collection crept into other parts of England and as a result some of the toilet rolls have travelled, via Royal Mail, from towns as far north as Kendal, Lytham and Manchester.

Repetition and small-scale mass production is a central theme in Helen's practise which explores self-sufficient printing techniques and fruit and vegetables.

Nancy Victor Gallery

Opening Times
Preview: Thursday 12 July, 6-8pm

13 July - 3 August 2012
Monday to Friday, 10am - 6pm

Nancy Victor Gallery
6 Charlotte Place