“First we eat, then we do everything else.” ― M.F.K. Fisher
Calling all artists, food scientists, designers, chefs, poets, dancers and musicians. Science Gallery London are hungry for your ideas for installations, events and activities for our FOOD season.
Everyone knows we live with a broken food system that means one billion people are malnourished and two billion are overweight. But we're interested in hearing some of the good news rather than the bad. Are you an expert on the increasing importance of insects in our kitchens? Have you been working on turning fermentation into an artform? Are you adept at crafting multi-sensory dinners that taste like Iceland’s volcanoes? Have you been thinking creatively about Gandhi's research on nutrition? Or do you want to make medicinal ice-cream out of our local herb gardens?
We want to help you realise your project with our audiences – we’re engaging with 15-25 year olds, King’s College London students, staff and researchers, Guy’s hospital staff and patients and local residents and businesses in Southwark and Lambeth.
We’re especially interested in submissions that engage:
With our locality — In making your submission, we invite you to think about our locality: the area of Southwark and St Thomas Street has a long history as a cornucopia of food markets and caring for London’s sick – from Southwark Cathedral, via Borough Market, to the Old Operating Theatre and Herb Garret, to King’s College London and Guy’s Hospital. We are friends with all our neighbours so be imaginative in your choice of venue, whether it be Borough’s Market Hall, Guy’s Chapel or Terry’s Cafe. Joint proposals with a venue are very welcome.
With multiple disciplines — Science Gallery London is a place where art and science collide, so let different disciplines feed upon one another!
With the following areas of interest — while this list is not exhaustive, it’s what is currently whetting our appetites:
- Artist-scientist collaborations
- Food as a way to learn about science
- New research on food presented in imaginative ways
- Food-related processes
- Alternative sources of food
- Sensorial experiences of food
- The origins of food
- Cutting edge ideas about how to feed the world tomorrow
- Agroecological solutions from non-experts
- Biodiverse initiatives
- Speculative proposals (that could do with a bit of King's College London scientific support)
Potential budgets for developing proposals for artworks, events and activities that we want to take forward will be in the range of £500 to £5,000. But if your idea exceeds this, don't hold back – if we love the idea we will endeavour to find further funding.
[Image Credit: 'Pomegranate03' by fir0002, CC BY-NC 2.0]