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DON’T WORRY at Ventnor Botanic Garden

Ventnor Botanic Garden is delighted to announce it is proud exhibitors of a new art installation made in collaboration with Quay Arts, Young Quay & The New Carnival Company, 2014.

The installation, a series of yellow lanterns spelling out DON’T WORRY, prominently features on the roof of The Tropical House at Ventnor Botanic Garden.

The lanterns have previously been displayed at the IW Festival, Quay Arts’ Learning Curve Gallery and will be returned to Quay Arts following their display at the Garden.

Visitors are encouraged to take their photo with the DON’T WORRY Lanterns and hashtag #QuayArts and #VentnorBotanicGarden.

Chris Kidd, Curator of Ventnor Botanic Garden commented; ‘It’s exciting for us to feature art created by young, local talent in the Garden so prominently. Not only does enhance the exterior of our Tropical House, it helps to give young artists a platform to show off their talent.’

The lanterns were inspired Quay Arts’ current ARTIST ROOMS exhibition by Turner Prize winning artist and musician, Martin Creed. His Work No. 890: DON’T WORRY 2008 Yellow Neon (seen in The West Gallery, Quay Arts) is a sign which returns us to a child-like sensibility. Is this a sign of comfort? Or is it an instruction – warning us to make us feel there could be actually something to worry about; setting us on edge for what is about to come.

Martin Creed (born 1968) uses everyday objects and simple gestures to make his work, along with rules and repetition. For example, he sequentially numbers his work as part or all of the title. At first glance you might think there is not much to it all – but if you spend some time looking, you might find it to be funny, unexpected and playful; about ideas and life. A lot of his work explores how art is made; and maybe asks that difficult question of what art is.

The DON’T WORRY installation will be on display at Ventnor Botanic Garden until early September. Standard Garden admission fees apply to all visitors. For more information call 01983 855397.


For photographs, interviews and all other enquiries, please contact Kirsten Morris at Ventnor Botanic Garden via marketing@botanic.co.uk.

About Ventnor Botanic Garden

Ventnor Botanic Garden lies in the remarkable microclimate at the heart of the famous Ventnor ‘Undercliff.’ This unique garden is protected from the cold northerly winds by chalk downs. Indeed, it holds the warmth from its southerly aspect so well that, combined with the moderating influence of the sea, frost is rarely known.

With an average rainfall of 28 inches its climate is more akin to the Mediterranean. This enables a wide variety of plants considered too tender for much of mainland Britain to be grown outdoors unprotected from the elements.

No longer under the management of the Isle of Wight County Council, John Curtis is leading the Community Interest Company that is saving the garden and transforming it into a venue for local residents and visitors to the Isle of Wight to enjoy all year round.


Martin Creed: ARTIST ROOMS On Tour

Continues till Saturday 20th September | The West Gallery | Quay Arts

This exhibition shows eight signature pieces by Creed, who won the Turner Prize in 2001 for his controversial Work No.227 The lights going on and off. The works on display are taken from ARTIST ROOMS, an inspirational collection of modern and contemporary art acquired for the nation by Tate and The National Galleries of Scotland and established through The d’Offay Donation in 2008, with the assistance of the National Heritage Memorial Fund, the Art Fund, and the Scottish and British Governments. ARTIST ROOMS On Tour is supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and by the Art Fund, making available the ARTIST ROOMS collection to galleries throughout the UK. The ARTIST ROOMS tour programme, now in its sixth year, is showing at 16 museums and galleries across the UK in 2014.

To find out more information about ARTIST ROOMS On Tour please visit

www.tate.org.uk/artistrooms and www.nationalgalleries.org/artistrooms