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June 23 2021

miranda creswell is our artist in residence in horatio’s garden stoke mandeville!

Miranda Creswell is a professional artist who has long supported Horatio’s Garden and has previously been an artist in residence in both our stunning sanctuaries in the South West and Scotland. More recently, she installed The Butterfly Table in Horatio’s Garden Scotland, her original artwork for The Ripple Effect in Horatio’s Garden South West, which is part of the University of Oxford Archaeology Department’s Ebb and Flow research project, whilst she also kindly contributed a piece to our Summer Art Auction earlier this year. 

Now, she’s generously taking her talents to Horatio’s Garden Stoke Mandeville! 

Miranda will be our artist in residence in the garden for three afternoons across the next two weeks on the following dates: 

Monday 21st, Thursday 24th, Friday 25th and Monday 28th June 

Thursday 1st and Friday 2nd July 

The project she’ll be working on involves the innovative use of magnifying glasses, with Miranda gently encouraging patients to look through them alongside her in order to truly appreciate the intricacies of nature. Those who join her will be studying plant life, insects, water and much more through the glasses, before photographing, drawing and generally creatively capturing all they’ve seen.


The first session was brilliant and greatly enjoyed by both Miranda and a small gathering of patients, who together sheltered from the elements and joined her in the beautiful garden room. Spending the afternoon chatting, the group discussed all manner of topics, including everything from bats, seeds, and time, to painting, Turner’s life and Africa! 

As you’ll see in the photo above, a marigold and its many seeds were just one of the natural entities to prompt an intriguing, thoughtful conversation and already Miranda and those spending time in the National Spinal Injuries Centre are looking forward to her next visit to the garden. 

We’ll be sure to share more about everyone’s latest creative exploration soon! 

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