Transition Gallery at Sutton House
2 & 4 Homerton High Street, Hackney E9 6JQ


 at Sutton House

Jackie Chettur, Ivor’s Chrysanthemums’ from Winter Garden, 2006-2013, video projection

Rachael Adams / Bridgette Ashton / Max Bainbridge / Jackie Chettur
Annabel Dover / INTERNATIONAL LAWNS / Darius Lambert / Cathy Lomax
Alli Sharma / Alison Stolwood / Mimei Thompson / Jo Wilmot


7 November – 22 December 2013

Opening times: Thur-Fri, 10.30am-5pm, Sat-Sun, 12-5pm (last admission 4.30pm)
entry to the house to view the exhibition is free


Transition Gallery presents Wintergarden at Sutton House in Hackney. Expanding the layers of history suggested by this Tudor property, and bringing into focus the courtyard garden, Wintergarden also connects with Hackney’s historical nursery, Loddiges, which was once situated nearby on Mare Street.

The exhibition takes its cue from the public pleasure palaces of the mid-19th Century where exotic, tropical flora and fauna were displayed in artificial conditions provided by elaborate glasshouses alongside other theatrical entertainments for the masses. The most famous nursery garden in Europe stood near Mare Street, close to today’s Town Hall. At Loddiges, tropical plants grew for the first time outside their native rainforest. 'I fancied myself in the Brazils' wrote a visitor, in wonderment at the artificial tropical rainstorm inside the largest hothouse in the world.


Jo Wilmot, Neon Lights, 2013, oil and acrylic on canvas,120x167cm


Focussing on contemporary artificiality and fake environments, the artists in Wintergarden embrace the notion of a self-conscious spectacle in the remaking of nature. This excessive strategy acknowledges and exposes our ever-increasing desire for an elusive X-factor that is still able to engage not only our real curiosity, but also often our contempt.

Winter Garden is the first in a series of new projects initiated by Sam Knowles with the National Trust and local not-for-profit organisations.


Directions to Sutton House 


Annabel Dover, Deliquium, 2013, cyanotype prints, 50x35cm each - in the Georgian Parlour


an: Interface - Sharon Mangion reviews Wintergarden
Hackney Citizen - Sarah Gill reviews Wintergarden




Available from the Sutton House shop for the duration of Wintergarden or from Transition Gallery and online.

Bridgette Ashton, 103 Monkey Puzzle Trees in Kent

Transition has produced a number of publications examining ideas relating to the themes in Wintergarden...

Garageland 3: Nature
Garageland 12: Fake

And publications which examine the local area...

E9: An Anatomy of an Area
E8: The Heart of Hackney