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Garden of Imagination.

Wherever you choose to install the Garden of Imagination, Yvonne is ready to put a spell on all who choose to enter. It started in a a city square with the inspiration of a memorial plaque on a bench. Hear the story of 'Midnight' Charlie O'Sullivan, a poet and philosopher to his friend, and go on to create your own stories of this special garden. Time to throw the dice...

This festival installation is a facilitated space, which offers poetry, music, theatre, meditation, stories and a place to chill and chat. Hosted by a Lady of the Garden, who provides a human jukebox, with a list of songs to choose from, if the audience are not in the mood for participation with their own talents, which is always encouraged and invited. The Lady (Yvonne Coughlan) tells the story of how the Garden of Imagination grew in to being, and about the creators, who have previously been the flowers of this garden. She then invites those present to play, in whichever way they would like to, or to remain in the space as the audience, and enjoy the flowers, as creativity begins to grow.
Fix in Art. Spring Festival. 2017.

You can choose to ticket the garden, or to allow donations to the garden. We will work with you for the best adaptation to your festival.

28A. diyCORK Festival of Culture 2012; Garden Of Imagination.

Garden of Imagination Picture Gallery. Very Healthy Food. 2012.

The Garden of Imagination. A facilitated creative space. Part of diyCORK Festival of Culture. Very healthy Food, 72 Douglas Street, Cork. 7-10pm Sat. 19th May and 4-7pm Sunday 20th May, 2012.

Free entry 

The facilitated performance space offered a human jukebox with Yvonne Coughlan and Liz Butt, and an invitation to produce poetry, dance, song, art, theatre, storytelling, meditation, as well as providing a safe haven, and some very healthy food. The audience could choose to sit and listen, eat delicious food, or share their talents.


Installations of the Garden were:

Tell me a story? Tea and storytelling with Masha Falaleeva. A simple idea, without big ambitions, just people holding warm cups and telling stories. 

Make AND Do. Facilitated by Elaine Murphy-wish line, recipe book, drawing, progressive knitting, garden poetry, bookbinding, bring a square for quilting, bag making. Angel card readings. 

Addtional offerings were the Live Blog. Musicians dropping in to play. Very Healthy Food feeding people, and a BYOB policy for the adults on Saturday evening.

Then Facepainting and Balloon making on Sunday for the family. 


Producer/ Performer Yvonne Coughlan.

12. Garden of Imagination. Engage Arts Festival, Bandon. 2-4pm & 5-7pm, 
25 Sept. 2010.

For Engage, The Garden of Imagination remained full with varying groups and ages passing through its environs during the festival. The Garden of Imagination audience are invited perform, and facilitated to be as creative as they would like. On this occasion one group devised a theatrical play, many sang a song, and a lot of drawings were created. The audience decide the level of their participation, and are welcome to express as much or as little of themselves as they wish. 

11. Garden of Imagination. 21 June 2010.

For Ballinspittle Solstice Festival, 6pm-2am, 21 June 2010, The Garden of Imagination was entitled 'Lady Garden.'

Yvonne Coughlan offered the human jukebox list, which led to a night of singing in Ballinspittle village, with a mixture of all ages. 

Particular highlights for Yvonne this year, were a group of young sports enthusiasts, who had originally expressed their distaste for the arts, in no uncertain terms, but whom were won over, and requested many surprisingly traditional songs from the Jukebox list. By the end of the evening they had gone through the list of offerings in poetry, dance, music, story teling, and even volunteered to try the guided meditation by the end of their experience. 

Another group of teens, joined the garden, then ran off to get their musical friends, and returned to serenade Yvonne until this was the last installation open in the festival

3. Imaginary Garden 2008

Imaginary Garden. Durational Performance Piece. The audience is invited to join the artist in the imaginary garden to write poetry, sing, dance, hear a story, tell a story, close their eyes and listen to the garden come alive in their imagination. Culmination of Marilyn Arsem Performance workshop, Tramway. Main Square, Glasgow, Scotland. 12-4pm, 24 Jan 2008.  

The Garden of imagination was created in Glasgow by Yvonne Coughlan. The Original durational performance entitled 'Imaginary Garden' took place 12-4pm, 24 Jan 2008 in George Square. 


The performance is the result of a Marilyn Arsem Performance Art  Workshop in Tramway. Where 'theatre' was not considered to be art, until Yvonne provided her interpretation.


At dinner the evening before the performance, her colleagues were not convinced that it would find any engagement. Yvonne asked the waiter what she would do if whilst walking through the main square the next day she encountered someone who invited her to visit an imaginary garden. The waiter replied, 'no way' that sounds like a crazy person, 'I'd run.' On contemplation however the waiter returned and asked if that person in the square would be Yvonne, when this was confirmed, the waiter changed her answer to, 'OK, then, I think I'd give it a go.'


At noon the next day, Yvonne began the performance by sitting on the bench in the main square, where a memorial plaque had been the original point of inspiration; "Charlie 'Midnight' O'Sullivan a poet and philosopher to his friend." With her red umbrella, red gloves and a large red wooden dice, she had a signal to her audience that something was different here, as she sat with Charlie's spirit in her thoughts. Her self limitation was that the audience would not be approached, but rather she would wait for them to choose to enter the Garden of Imagination for themselves, by speaking to her first they would create the magic that allowed the performance to begin for them... 


Surprisingly they did, people of all ages approached, engaged, and were then invited to enter the imaginary garden. The first participant was to write poetry with her, and the final two provided ballroom dancing in the public square, later writing to Yvonne, that this experience had made their trip to Glasgow.


There were 4 hours of poetry, song, stories, meditation, chats, a robbery, a fairy-tale, a true love story, and that final dance, and all visits were marked by the participant writing in Yvonne's record book, with one copy for them, as a memento, and a second carbon copy for Yvonne's documentation of this event; so began the voyage of The Garden of Imagination.


These stories are now part of the performance, which also makes new stories with every new audience. They audience may choose to be as connected as they wish. Yvonne's people skills mean that this engagement is invited, gently encouraged, but never forced.


The original premise in the square was one of waiting for her garden to grow. She had set the seeds, but the flowers had to grow all by themselves. Only those who chose to speak to her, would be invited into the 'Imaginary Garden.' While the installation has been given it's space in festival situations, and is now programmed, the sense of allowing the garden to grow is alive and well, and each season has some perennials, but so many new species that are appreciated by this creative gardener.


The original stories take us from Glasgow to Ireland, from 2008 George Square to World War 2 France, and back again to present day...