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Art, design & performance

Fungi inspire the creation of art works and performances and stimulate ideas for craft and design.

Mycological MasteryProf Roy Watling

A short film, specially produced for UK Fungus Day 2021, featuring esteemed mycologist Professor Roy Watling describing the stories behind Beatrix Potter’s remarkable fungus illustrations. 

Voices for the Future - Beatrix Potter

Electric Voice Theatre is exploring the life and scientific work of Beatrix Potter through artistic, musical and creative elements, in relation to current women working in natural sciences and arts who, like Potter, are connected to Cumbria.

Working in collaboration with scientists, artists and local wildlife organisations,  EVT are engaging children at Hawkshead Esthwaite Primary School, Cumbria, in the creation and performance of unique musical pieces celebrating Beatrix as a mycologist.

Read about the project here.

Beatrix Potter
Beatrix Potter, mycologist and children's author

Foraying for felted fungi

Join the Edinburgh & Lothians Fungus Enthusiasts as they set off on a foray for felted fungi and take some home to identify... 

"Several of our members are keen crafters, and it turns out that wool lends itself well to making fungi, and also to showcasing the joy of finding and identifying them. Creating a fungus out of wool, or any other medium is a great way to get to know its morphology, and puts a creative spin on the world of fungi."

For more art activities and crafts for everyone, explore

Families & children and Resources 

Becoming Fungi, Becoming Forest - performing the mycelial city

Sirenscrossing creates experiential, site-specifc, time-based works with an international group of collaborators.

Through workshops and performances, becoming fungi, becoming forest will reveal human entanglements in this shimmering ‘biome’ of interacting beings and systems (humans, fungi, trees, microbes, and other life), on scales from massive to microscopic. 

Sirenscrossing collage
becoming fungi, becoming forest

entangled lifeLive from Coventry on UK Fungus Day: sirenscrossing artists in discussion with Merlin Sheldrake (author of Entangled Life)

Recording available to watch - more here

Crochet a mushroom CHALLENGE!

Cara Burke takes on a crocheting challenge  - to crochet some mushrooms from scratch!  Watch Cara design and create an Amanita muscaria (fly agaric) - video above - and Agaricus bisporus (chesnut mushroom)  - video below - and find out more about these fungi.

The Heeley Mushroom Project - a mushroom pavilion

In the Heeley Mushroom Project, Studio Polpo are designing and building a mushroom pavilion to explore the use of mycelium in architecture. 

Working with children from a local school, the project also imaginatively explores ideas around nature, waste and low carbon construction.

The project involves the creation of an architectural structure made from locally sourced untreated timber, with timber dowels supporting mycelium panels.

Find out more about this amazing architecture !

Large test panel with fungi
Testing panels for the pavilion

BES Big Ecology Draw-Along

The British Ecological Society held a Draw-along featuring mycologist @AileenBBaird that includes a wonderful octopus stinkhorn - or devil's fingers - fungus. Watch the video: the fungi start at 41 minutes 28 secs !