Dandelions and Double Yellows

Dandelions and Double Yellows is an arts, nature and noticing project by Helen Thomas. The project is an invitation to reconsider the often overlooked, unplanned plants in our everyday surroundings.

Dandelions and Double Yellows involved the creation of a new body of paintings inspired by urban wild plants; alongside community engagement to encourage noticing of, and invite responses to, spontaneous flora in our neighbourhoods and everyday surroundings.

Dandelions and Double Yellows – Short film by David Lindsay

Dandelions and Double Yellows – exhibition
Helen’s solo exhibition at Wakefield Cathedral in July and August 2021 was part of Wakefield Council’s Festival of the Earth. The exhibition featured site responsive paintings; some of which were painted from direct observation whilst others were painted in the studio from photographs, field notes and memory.

Dr Judith Tucker, University of Leeds, was commissioned to write an essay for the project. You can read ‘Groundsel and moss: particularity, time and place in the paintings of Helen Thomas’ here:

Dandelions and Double Yellows – Your Gallery
Between May and July 2021 people from the Wakefield District were invited to share pictures of pavement plants, that they saw in their everyday surroundings, to be shown in a digital gallery.
More than 50 people from the Wakefield district – and further afield submitted over 80 entries. People’s responses to urban wild plants included photos, painting, drawing, digital, song lyrics and printmaking.
You can see the selected entries in Dandelions and Double Yellows – Your Gallery. The gallery is hosted by Creative Wakefield and is part of Wakefield’s Festival of the Earth.

‘Dandelions and Double Yellows’ was supported using public funding by Arts Council England and part funded by Wakefield Council as part of Festival of the Earth in 2021.

Support and Funding

Arts Council England