24 May – 30 June, 2013: Museum of English Rural Life (MERL) exhibition “An artist’s year in the Harris Garden: Jenny Halstead”

This exhibition will present the product of Jenny Halstead’s artistic residency at the University of Reading’s Harris Garden.

Jenny’s paintings and sketchbook studies take us through the seasons, moods and development of the Garden over the duration of a year from October 2011.

For information on the exhibit and opening times of the museum please visit the MERL website.


An artist’s year in the Harris Garden, a book published by Two Rivers Press accompanies the exhibition. (£12.95, 978-1-901677-87-4, Format: 200×200 64pp)

A year in the life of a garden. From the stillness of winter, unfurling through spring and summer to the contentment of autumn, this imaginative interpretation of a specific space – a twelve-acre garden within an urban university campus – exposes a secret oasis, full of surprises.

This book presents the personal vision of the Artist in Residence at the Harris Garden in the University of Reading. Jenny Halstead captures the seasonal changes, portrays the stages of its renovation, and celebrates its enthusiastic workforce, especially the many volunteers. Accompanied by a history of the garden and an account of its restoration, these paintings and sketches encapsulate a place in time.

Available from the MERL shop or to order from Two Rivers Press.