Plants Have Secrets: Digital Animation Programme

Join Chelsea Physic Garden and Octavia Foundation for a free activity week for people aged 13-19 to create stop-motion animations using clay figures, inspired by the secret powers of plants.

What is the project?

As part of the Chelsea Physic Garden’s Plants Have Secrets Project, local young people will produce 2 short animations, containing stop motion and digitally created onion layers, revealing the secrets behind plants, unravelling the truths that lay beneath classic myths about plants, challenging people’s perceptions and educating people through fun and engaging digital outputs. The young people will develop skills in animation, arts/design and storytelling as well as a new developed understanding of plants and the natural world.

When is the project happening?

The project will happen between 22 – 26 August 2022. The project will last for 5 days with each day starting at 11:00 and ending at 16:00.

Where is the project happening?

The project will happen at two locations. At Chelsea Physic Garden (SW3 4HS) and at The Reed Centre in North Kensington (W11 1NH).

You will need to be able to travel to both places.

Who will I learn from?

The project will be led by the learning team at Chelsea Physic Garden and Digital Media and Remote Project Manager at Octavia Foundation. There may be support from a visual artist.

Who can apply?

To apply you must be:

  • Aged between 13 and 19 years old.
  • At school, college or university or taking part in an apprenticeship.

Is food supplied?

Food and drink will be provided.

Do I need equipment?

All the equipment that you need will be provided.

Is travel paid for?

We will pay you back for your travel costs after the project has ended – please keep your receipts or provide copies of expenses. If you can’t pay for the travel in this way, let us know and we can make a plan together.

How do I apply?

To apply, fill out the form below. If you are under 18 you will need to get a parent or legal guardian to fill out the form with you. You can apply until 31 July.

What will I be doing during the project?

You will participate in devising ideas, planning your animation, building characters and worlds, filming and editing using the equipment and resources provided. You will be working with other participants to create a film together.

Will I be outdoors all day at Chelsea Physic Garden?

No. You will spend time both indoors and outdoors. We have indoors spaces you will be using but you will spend some time outside for the garden tour and for gathering inspiration. Be prepared and dress for the weather.

When will I know if my application was successful?

You will be contacted if you’ve been successful by 3 August. If you are unsuccessful this time we will be running a similar project next year that you can apply to.

I have a question. Who can I contact?

Please contact  or 0207 349 6474 for enquiries.