Notes to editors
- 'Rooted Beings' opens 24 March until 29 August 2022.
- Admission to Wellcome Collection is free.
- Opening Hours: Tuesday to Sunday 10.00 to 18.00, closed Mondays.
- Address: Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Road NW1 2BE
'This Book is a Plant: How to Grow, Learn and Radically Engage with the Natural World' is a new Wellcome Collection title which accompanies the major exhibition Rooted Beings.
We’ve become used to thinking of plants as things for us to use, as food, tools, resources, or just as an attractive background to our own lives. But it’s time to change our minds.
New research shows that plants can think, plan, and may even have memories. We share our planet with beings whose potential we have only glimpsed. Featuring the writing of Robin Wall Kimmerer, Susie Orbach and Merlin Sheldrake, ‘This Book is a Plant’ will be your handbook to the new reality: showing you a pathway to completely reimagine your relationship with a different kind of natural world. Delve into a world of moss and fungi, Sheila Watt-Cloutier transports us to the Arctic Spring, Rowan Hisayo Buchanan discovers the pleasures of painting trees, and Rebecca Tamás puts roots down through earth and soil.
‘This Book is a Plant’ is made from paper: it was once part of a tree. But it’s also a seed: the first shoots of a radical new way of seeing the world around you.
About La Casa Encendida, Madrid
La Casa Encendida, Madrid, is a social and cultural centre managed by Fundación Montemadrid, a dynamic space open to audiences of all ages and persuasions where visitors can find some of today's most ground-breaking artistic expressions as well as educational, philosophical and debating activities that revolve around the centre's four main spheres of action: arts, solidarity, environment and education.
About Andreas Lechthaler Architecture – Exhibition Designers
Andreas Lechthale Architecture work at the interface between art, architecture and public space. They create complementing and highly individual settings for art experiences and help artists realise their vision. Their practice works across many scales, from public space, gallery and museum design through to exhibition architecture and furniture design. All interventions are driven from a desire to create coherent, subtle and multisensory spaces that create holistic environments, which allow personal interaction and a sense of wonder and unnoticed enhancement. Recent commissions include ‘Kusama –A Retrospective’ at Gropius Bau Berlin, ‘Pipilotti Rist’ at L.A. Moca, ‘The Soho Photography Quarter’ for Westminster and ‘On Happiness’ at Wellcome Collection.
About Wellcome Collection
Wellcome Collection is a free museum and library exploring health and human experience. Its vision is to challenge how we all think and feel about health by connecting science, medicine, life and art. It offers changing curated exhibitions, museum and library collections, public events, in addition to a shop, restaurant and café. Wellcome Collection publishes books on what it means to be human, and collaborates widely to reach broad and diverse audiences, locally and globally.
Wellcome Collection actively develops and preserves collections for current and future audiences and, where possible, offers new narratives about health and the human condition. Wellcome Collection works to engage underrepresented audiences, including deaf, disabled, neurodivergent, and racially minoritised communities.
Wellcome Collection is part of Wellcome, which exists to improve health by helping great ideas to thrive. We support researchers, we take on big health challenges, we campaign for better science, and we help everyone get involved with science and health research. We are a politically and financially independent foundation.