17 January 2015 Saturday 17 January (3pm at Peckham Pulse for Anna Best’s Reading Rye Lane) 4pm at FTHo

Winter Garden opens with Blaze, an afternoon and evening at Flat Time House with contributions from Anna Best, Gill Eatherly and Nina Wakeford.

In the spirit of winter conviviality, Winter Garden opens around a bonfire blaze in Flat Time House’s garden, with hot drinks and food. The exhibition begins with Anna Best's sound event Reading Rye Lane. Join her at Peckham Pulse at 3pm to read the writing on Rye Lane, from shop and street signs to fly posters and stickers, on the way to Flat Time House. As part of the opening celebrations for Winter Garden we will also be reading a transcript of a previous recorded Reading Rye Lane around the bonfire and everyone, of all ages, are welcome to join us. Gill Eatherley will present Cool as a Shadow, a winter shadow play at twilight. Nina Wakeford will also present a performance based on the songs and spaces of Greenham Common.

Photo: Ryumi Greatrex (Blaze 1)

Photo: Ryumi Greatrex

Winter Garden  is an exhibition and events programme of films, performances, readings and broadcasts made in response to John Latham's garden in winter. What was once a driveway to a stable block became a green pathway to the artist's studio, where bricks, roof tiles and planting frames lay in the long grass. Here, the artist grew strawberries on the roof, and watered ferns and flowers inside his studio conservatory. During the months of nature's winter dormancy, a group of artists, writers and curators consider the idea of the Winter Garden. In their films, performances and texts the garden at Flat Time House resonates as a space of reflection and a threshold into other terrain past and present, urban, remote and imaginary.

Anna Best is a London based artist with a process-led practice. Her performance at Flat Time House coincides with an exhibition at Peckham Platform. On Friday 27 February Winter Garden will close with Reading Rye Lane in Reverse, when Anna Best will be tracing her inaugural sound-walk back from Flat Time House to its starting point at Peckham Platform. Both galleries will have refreshments and extended opening hours and all are welcome to join. This event is part of South London Art Map's Last Fridays.