About the artist

Heywood & Condie CV




Tony b. 1957, UK

Allison b. 1960, Scotland


Heywood & Condie describe their work as 'horticultural installation art'. Their area of interest principally concerns new ways of engaging with and representing landscape and nature. The combination of Heywood’s background in horticulture and anthropology and Condie’s in botany and zoology has resulted in the formulation of a unique series of art works, which are often hard to classify. Their practice crosses many genres including land art, sculpture, horticulture, painting, video and performance and individual works can often synthesize elements from all of these disciplines in their final realization. So, often a work will be the result of multidisciplinary investigations into an area of interest. For example, a sample of nature could be captured on film, translated into a drawing within a happening, which is turned into a maquette and then a monumental sculpture, which then may become the prop for a film, performance piece or installation. An element of that may then be turned into one of their ‘Pours’ whereby garden landscapes are dissected in terms of their colour content and a film is made of the proportionate elements now represented by slow, manually poured paint, mimicking the abstract colour values of it’s subject, -abstract video paintings of paint. They are thus subverting and re-examining the most traditional of subject matter. In a sense the layering of their practice is organic and dynamic akin to the way that nature can be seen to propagate itself.


Their works vary in scale from large-scale public commissions covering many acres to smaller gallery-based work including micro landscapes in petri dishes. A notable feature of much of the work is the inclusion of living plant material. Even when the work is purely sculptural, as in ‘Shimmer’, it has been created to integrate with a specific natural environment. In this instance, ‘Shimmer’ was inspired by aquatic unicellular algae and was designed to float and respond to water movement in order to mimic the microorganisms that it is parodying. 




Exhibitions and Public Installations


'Altered States' Royal British Society of Sculptors, London - 9th June - 26th September 2016.

'The Greenhouse' Jerwood Gallery, Hastings - 24 November - 22 May 2016

'Paint Pours' Wood Street Galleries, Pitssburgh, USA - 22 January - 03 April 2016

'Ginger Baker' Hannah Peschar Sculpture Garden, Surrey - June 2015 - October 2015

'Brand New Second Hand' Vigo Gallery, London, October - November 2014

'The Majesty' Subterranean Landscape, Old Vic Tunnels, London, June – Oct 2012

'Glamourlands 2' Trentham Estate, Stoke on Trent, Oct 2012 - present

'London Twelve' Exhibition, Prague, June – September 2012

'A Techno-Folly' Installation commissioned for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, May 2012

'Performance Floral Paint Pour,' Chelsea Flower Show, May 2012

'BRITISH: An Exploration of Britain’s Cultural Identity,' VIGO Gallery, London, April- May 2012

'Glamourland' Berkeley Square, London, Oct 2011 – Jan 2012

Secret Language of Flowers, Andipa Gallery, May 2011

Artist in Residence, RHS Chelsea Flower Show, May 2011

‘Hostaland’ Installation, Vienna Botanic Garden, Austria, May 2011

‘Amoebic Water Sculptures’ Hannah Peschar Sculpture Park, May – Oct 2011

Shamanic Landscaping, Selfridges, Oxford Street, March-April 2011

‘We Are Not Witches’, Group exhibition, The Art of Giving, Saatchi Gallery, Oct 2010

‘Glamourland: Formby’ Trentham Estate, Stoke on Trent, Permanent exhibit, July 2010

‘Space Ritual’. Tatton Park, July 2010

‘Superbloom’. Hannah Peschar Sculpture Park, May-Nov 2010

‘Anthroscape’. St Albans Jun-Oct 2009

‘Beauty Spot.’ Fine Art Society, London, Mar-April 2009

SCOPE International Contemporary Art Fair, London. October 2008

‘Unfinished Symphony.’ Fine Art Society, London. October 2007

Islington Art Fair, London. Represented by Fine Art Society, October 2007.

‘White Out.’ Fine Art Society, London. July 2007

‘Shimmer.’ Fine Art Society, London. January 2007

‘Saudade.’ Highbury Studios, London. November 2006

‘Sparkle.’ Tate Britain, London. 4th November 2006

‘SuperAlgal Bloom.’ The Long Water, Hyde Park, London. October 2006

‘Super Botanics.’ Seventeen Gallery, London. February 2006

‘Seventeen Presents...’ Seventeen Gallery, London. November 2005

‘The Echo,’ Multi-media installation, Botanic Gardens, Belfast. October 2005

‘The Calling,’ Multi-media installation, Charles Fort, Kinsale, Ireland. July 2005

‘Emissions: The Incident Room,’ Fordham Gallery, London, March 2005

‘The Shaman: a performance,’ Fifth Room Exhibition, 2004

‘Ooze’ Urban Gardens, Kensington Olympia 2003’

‘Kinki Kensho’ Chaumont International Festival of Gardens 2002

‘The Happening’ Westonbirt International Festival of Gardens 2002

‘Urdo Edo’ Urban Gardens, Kensington Olympia 2002

‘Grizzly Bear, Parts I II & III’  - 3 Years at Fordham Show, Fordham Gallery, 2002

‘Photoplasmagenics’ - Interactive horticultural photography, Fordham Gallery, 2000.

‘Mulch’ - A garden installation. Fordham Gallery, London, 1999.

Japanese Landscape - performance, Live Rocks, London, 1998



Film Projects


Several short experimental films dealing with the subject of the garden as a mediated cultural image. These draw on many musical and visual references from contemporary culture and build on my belief that gardens are a vehicle for the transmission of ideas and emotions and are not simply functional spaces.


‘Kinki Kensho + the Happening’

Screenings: V&A Late, London 2006

Kew Gardens, London 2004

Trinity College, Dublin 2003


‘The Garden in Contemporary Culture’

Tony Heywood and Ian Kitson interview Charles Jencks, Diarmuid Gavin, Cleve West, Kathryn Moore and others.

Screening:  V&A late, London, May 2006


‘The Garden’ a 14 minute short edited highlight of a 3 day performance.

Screenings: V&A Late, London 2006


‘Video Paintings’ Short films of live abstract painting.

Screenings: Fordham Gallery, London 2005

Cork, Ireland, 2005

Belfast, Ireland 2005



Assessment and Judging Panels


Tony Heywood is a judge for Royal Horticultural Society’s (RHS) Shows including the Chelsea Flower and Hampton Court Shows. He has recently been advising on the development of the Conceptual and Visionary Garden categories at the shows.



Selected Publications Featuring Heywood & Condie’s Work


The Contemporary Garden, Phaidon Press, 2009

Encyclopeida of Garden Design, Ed by Chris Young; Dorling Kindersley for the RHS. 2009

Inspirational Gardens: Spectacular Design and Planting from Around the World, by Pamela Westland, AA Publishing, 2008

The English Garden. 100 gardens from 18th century to present day, Phaidon. Revised edition. 2008

Art and the Gardener: Fine Paintings as Inspiration for Garden Designs, Gibbs Smith, 2008

Avant-Garderners: 50 visionaries of the contemporary landscape, by David Stevens. Thames and Hudson.2008

Gardens in Perspective, by Jerry Harpur. Mitchell Beazley. 2005

Outer Spaces, by Diarmuid Gavin; Dorling Kindersley. 2003

Small Space Gardens, By David Stevens; Conran Octopus Ltd. 2003

 ‘Outer Spaces,’ by Diarmuid Gavin; Dorling Kindersley, 2003

Small Space Gardens, ‘Case Study: Helter Skelter’ in by David Stevens; Conran Octopus Ltd, 2003

Landscape and Groundcare, ‘Dead Zone Revival’, September 2002

'The Water Garden’ in Hardscape, Innovative Hard Landscaping Materials for Gardens by Ann-Marie Powell; David & Charles 2001



Tony Heywood Authored


‘Horticultural Intervention Art,’ Vista: The Culture and Politics of Gardens. A Collection of articles edited by Tim Richardson and Noel Kingsbury, Published by Francis Lincoln. 2005

‘Time for a new garden style?’ Garden Journal. March 2004.



Lectures & Talks


Tony Heywood has been appointed as a Professor of Conceptual Landscape Studies at the Vienna University of the Arts for 2013/2014

‘Conceptualism and the Garden.’ Vista lecture series, The Museum of Garden History. April 2008

Panelist: Discussion of art and the garden, Fifth Room, October 2004

‘Art & the Garden,’ Association of Professional Landscape Designers, July 2004

Garden and Landscape Designers Association's 7th International Seminar, February 2003

‘Conceptual Gardens,’ Society of Garden Designers Spring National Seminar, May 2002



Selected Press Articles


The Garden, Royal Horticultural Society, July 2010. ‘An alternative view’

The Independent, August 2009: Two pages feature on Tony Heywood by Cleve West

The Daily Telegraph, 12 April 2008: ‘Gardens of the Mind’

Independent Magazine, 22 April 2006: ‘What’s the Big Idea?’

A-N Magazine. 28th January 2006: ‘Super Botanics: Art Review’

Time Out. 16th March 2005: ‘Emissions at Fordham: Review’

Irish News, ‘Where seeing is believing’, 1st October 2005

Irish Examiner, ‘Calling out to be seen and heard’, July 2005

Irish Times, ‘How the garden glows,’ 16th July 2005

Horticulture & Landscape, Ireland, ‘Heywood Calling’, July 2005

Architectural Digest, June 2005: ‘Adorables jardins’

Garden Design Journal, ‘Time for a new garden style?’, March 2004

8th March 2004

The Garden RHS Journal, December 2004: ‘An artist…in the garden’

Häuser, April, 2004: ‘Herr über sand, steine, scherben’

Garden Design Journal, Tony Heywood Review: Emissions at Fordham

Naujas Namas, ‘Mazie ji svanoniu sodai’, Oct 2004 (Lithuanian style magazine)

FT: How to Spend It, ‘Giving Art the Cold Shoulder,’ 6th Nov 2004

Evening Mail, ‘Are all Things Bright & Debatable,’ June 2003

Horticulture Week, 13th June 2002: ‘Creative Leap’

Financial Times, November 2002: ‘The Urban Space Men’

Horticulture Week, ‘Creative leap’, 13th June 2002

Sunday Times, October 21st 2001: ‘A Clean Slate’

Independent on Sunday. 23rd September 2001: ‘Call That a Public Garden? I’d Call it a Work of Genius.’

The Times Weekend: ‘Earth, Wind &Fire.’ 3rd July 1999

The Daily Telegraph Weekend: Much Ado About Art.’ 5th June 1999

The Independent Weekend Review: ‘The Gardener as Exhibitionist.’ 5th June 1999

New Eden: ‘The Avant Garden, Punk Gardening’s Not Dead.’ September/October 1999









forthcoming exhibitions

17 December 2018 – 17 January 2019

Heywood & Condie

The Garden Party

Vigo Gallery

past exhibitions

13 March – 7 May 2018

Heywood & Condie

Breathe: A Green Lung

6 June – 28 October 2016

Heywood & Condie

The Gardener

Royal British

24 November 2015 – 22 May 2016

Heywood & Condie


The Gardener

14 October – 10 November 2014

Brand New Second Hand

Vigo Gallery
29 June – 23 September 2012

London Twelve

City Gallery of Prague
17 April – 11 May 2012


An exploration of Britain's cultural identity

Vigo Gallery