Secret Garden

Secret Gardens, Secret Spaces

Secret Garden Festival
Cover Illustration for Secret Garden Festival by SCC student Jenny Andrews

As part of the wider Storycircle Project and working in collaboration with Goldsmiths, over the last year, students in the Graphic Design and Textiles departments at Salford City College (Pendleton Campus) have drawn on the theme of the Secret Garden as inspiration for their summer sketchbook work and final projects.

Their initial work on the project saw them engage with the Salford Secret Gardens Festival held at various locations around the city in June 2012 ( One student, Jenny Andrews, saw her illustrative work published in Mike Scantlebury’s festival-related book, featured on the front and back cover as well as three internal illustrations. Of her achievement, she said that it was a fantastic experience and that she really enjoyed getting out there into a real-world situation and seeing her work used in practical terms.

More recently (this autumn) students have been completing their Secret Garden projects and the range and variety of interpretations has been quite stunning.

Here are just some examples of the work generated by students in response to the Secret Garden theme.

Secret Garden

As part of a recent open day, several students presented a QR trail of their Secret Gardens project work, with links drawn between a main poster, hidden sketches and an audio narrative of their engagement with the Secret Garden theme. Below is an example by Jenny.

 People's Garden  Hidden Sketches

Main poster with QR code

Hidden sketches (SecretGarden)

And Jenny’s accompanying audio narrative:


The multimodal mix of analogue and digital narrative exchange really engaged visitors to a college Open Day event held on 10th November 2012 – so much so, the students are now hoping to take this model one step further and to celebrate their participation in the Storycircle project with a future exhibition comprising image, sound and digital display – early in 2013. Watch this space for further news on this!