There’s more to a tree than meets the eye

Tree Trail and Curator Tour of Zhang Enli: Gesture and Form

10am, Colchester Castle Entrance, Castle Park, Colchester. Tickets £4
Booking required in advance. Ticket price includes tea and cake at Firstsite

*Please meet at the Entrance to Colchester Castle, Castle Park to start.

Firstsite presents a Zhang Enli inspired tree walk, led by local dendrologist, Christopher Howard.
Using the recent commission by celebrated Chinese artist Zhang Enli as inspiration, Firstsite invites you to come and take part in There’s more to a tree than meets the eye.
The monumental Space-painting by Zhang Enli, which is exhibited on Firstsite’s 140 metre curved wall as part of the exhibition Gesture and Form, takes reference points from both Chinese and British trees, and from the gallery’s immediate surroundings, combining them in the context of an imaginary forest.
Paying reference to this concept, There’s more to a tree than meets the eye will show participants the vast variety of native and exotic trees that thrive throughout Colchester Park, the Minories garden and Firstsite’s D-shaped lawn, explaining how these subtle differences in colour, texture, fruits and flowers have inspired centuries of creative responses.
The tour will be led by locally based dendrologist Christopher Howard. Christopher has made a career in assessing the best national garden attractions for ‘Visit Britain’, as well as undertaking research at public arboreta in the UK, Europe and US, to enhance knowledge of exotic species that grow well in this country. He is a member of the International Dendrology Society.
Following on from the tree tour which will end at Firstsite with tea and cake, participants will be invited to join curator, Marie-France Kittler, for a tour of the Zhang Enli exhibition. Marie-France will touch upon points from Christopher’s observations whilst relating them closely to the world of Zhang Enli.
Come have a treemendous time!

Please come equipped for spending time outdoors
Tree walk approx. 90 mins
Break 30 mins
Curator’s tour approx. 30 mins