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biome: seeding workshops

Zoë Laureen Palmer

Join us for a day of spring activities with artist, writer and human ecologist Zoë Laureen Palmer!

We will explore our relationship to seeds through workshops on seed swapping and sowing, seed paper making, botanical hand cream making, visual collaging, tea tasting and meditation.

biome: seeding workshops is a free, drop-in event for residents of Aldgate, Whitechapel, Spitalfields and Tower Hamlets, taking place at the Artsadmin Canteen in Toynbee Studios. You can join at any point in the day for as long as you want.


  • Seed swapping and sowing (11am-4pm)
  • Tea tasting (11-11.30am)
  • Botanical cream making (11.45am-12.15pm)
  • The Gardening Drawing Club (12.30-13.30pm) with Johanna Tagada Hoffbeck
  • Seed paper making (2-3pm)
  • Seed meditation, rest and tea tasting (3.15-3.45)

biome: seeding workshops is part of biome: experiments in radical kinship, a year-long residency programme in the Artsadmin Canteen from Zoë Laureen Palmer. This residency, which began in June 2023 and continues into June 2024, explores how we can feel our way into meaningful relationships with the natural world, within the communities local to Toynbee Studios.

  • The Artsadmin Canteen is accessible to wheelchair users and there are wheelchair accessible toilets. Read more about Accessibility at Toynbee Studios.
  • All toilets at Toynbee Studios are gender neutral.
  • There is outdoor and distanced indoor seating.
  • A relaxed performance kit with yoga mats, blankets, cushions and ear defenders is available.
  • BSL interpretation is available on request. Email or call 020 7247 5102 to arrange this, and please allow at least a week’s notice.

Please email or call 020 7247 5102 if you have any further access requests.

The Gardening Drawing Club is a series of unique events with a holistic approach offering free access to arts and horticulture in Britain. With monthly happenings, The Gardening Drawing is hosted in a broad range of locations, from art centres to community gardens and temples; the events range from workshops to talks and experiences. Veganic gardening methods are employed through The Gardening Drawing Club, advocating for gentleness and compassion while supporting seed sovereignty, racial, climate and land justice and reparation, biodiversity, and animal liberation. 

The Gardening Drawing Club has a shared mission to integrate the joys of gardening and drawing in others’ lives for individual and community well-being. The project was founded in 2021 by artist Johanna Tagada Hoffbeck. 



Johanna Tagada Hoffbeck (b.1990, Strasbourg, France) is a transdisciplinary artist and cultural practitioner based in rural Oxfordshire. 

Her practice, composed of painting, drawing, installation, sculpture, film, photography, writing and publishing, often conceals ecological messages rendered in soft and delicate methods. In several of the artist’s projects, interaction with the environment and others plays a central role. Recent solo exhibitions include Dreaming about Tomorrow at Nidi Gallery and Caring & Tender -A Painter’s Photographic Diary at Terrace Square Photo Tokyo. Recent group exhibitions include One Foot in The Sky at Contemporary Sculpture Fulmer and New Nature at Paterson Zevi Gallery. 

InOtherWords Imprint, Chose Commune, Jane & Jeremy and Editions Ulmer have published books on her practice. In 2014, Johanna founded the positive and collaborative cultural project Poetic Pastel. In 2018, the artist co-founded the publication series Journal du Thé – Contemporary Tea Culture. In 2021, Johanna founded The Gardening Drawing Club. 

Coming from a family of passionate gardeners, Johanna received horticultural training in France and England, and she now tends to her two veganic allotment plots in Oxfordshire. Since 2018, she has studied Ikebana at the Ohara School. In 2021, she began her training in Social and Therapeutic Horticulture. 



Date and time

23 March 2024
Free, booking required

Please note
This is now a past event.


Toynbee Studios
28 Commercial Street
London, E1 6AB
Tel: 020 7247 5102
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