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Surroundings 2017: We Are What We Eat

Surroundings leaflet front (3) copy © Gayle Chong Kwan 'Microclimate Sensory Banquet' July 2017 Normanby Hall Photo credit: David Chalmers

Saturday 7 October, 2 – 4pm

Hull and East Riding Museum and Garden Museums Quarter, HU1 1PS

A day of activities and performances for all ages, inspired by the theme of ‘food’. Artists Laura Wilson, Gayle Chong Kwan, Ahilapalapa Rands and writer Dave Windass lead the day of performances and film, making, creating and participation. Produced with Humber Museums Partnership.

Gayle Chong Kwan ‘Microclimate Sensory Banquet’
The Marquee, Hull and East Riding Museum
Sensory experiences, food tastings and creative activities devised in collaboration with ‘Rooted In Hull’.

‘Microclimate’ is a new commission, which included a participatory sensory art banquet held in the Walled Garden at Normanby Hall in July, and includes a series of photographic works on display at Normanby Hall Library until 5th November.

Laura Wilson ‘Milling About’ – a new film
In the Archaeology Galleries, Hull and East Riding Museum. Started 7th October, running to Sunday 3 December (Open Monday – Saturday, 10am-5pm, Sunday 11am-4.30pm). ‘Milling About’ explores the region’s history of growing grain and producing flour for baking bread.

‘Rolling’ – a live performance
Throughout the Hull and East Riding Museum and the Museums Quarter.
‘Rolling’ explores dough as a live material, continually changing and growing. ‘Rolling’ (2017) was originally commissioned by Delfina Foundation and the Royal College of Art.

Ahilapalapa Rands ‘Community Cookbook’ – recipe sharing
The Marquee, Hull and East Riding Museum
Visitors came and shared their own and their grandparent’s recipes for a new artwork being created at Sewerby Hall and Gardens, East Riding of Yorkshire, where Ahilapalapa is in residence until December.

Ahilapalapa is a New Zealand artist-in residence at Sewerby Hall and Gardens Presented in collaboration with the Centre of Contemporary Art, CoCA, Christchurch.

Dave Windass ‘The Common Vegetable’ – a live performance
Beginning outside Hull and East Riding Museum this 30minute promenade performance was for all the family. A humorous monologue by writer Dave Windass, performed by actor Charlotte Sellers, explored the light and the dark side of Veg. The veg we love, and the veg we hate, and asked important questions like; when is a cucumber too curly or a pumkin too pimpled? You may never quite look at a courgette or cauliflower in the same way again.

Ongoing Surroundings Exhibitions:

‘Microclimate’ - 23 July – 5th November 2017, Normanby Hall and Gardens, Normanby Rd, Normanby, Scunthorpe, DN15 9HU

‘Microclimate’ is a new body of artwork by Gayle Chong Kwan, which explores the history of fruit and vegetables grown onsite and includes wider issues of food production, transportation and seasonality. Installations and photography will be shown in the potting sheds, glasshouses, and the library of Normanby Hall.

A wide range of 19th-century flowers, vegetables and trainer fruit varieties are grown using traditional organic techniques in the restored Victorian walled garden at Normanby. The gardens contain a vinery, fernery, peach case and display house, along with recreated working areas, including the head gardener’s office, bothy, potting shed and tool store.


‘Surroundings’ is a 3 year programme of international artists residencies and exhibitions on environmental themes curated by Invisible Dust, produced by Humber Museums Partnership, and funded by Ambitions for Excellence from Arts Council England and Sustaining Excellence from Wellcome Trust. Bringing together artists and scientists to produce artworks that explore our environment. This year’s programme focuses on the theme of food, migration in 2018 and biodiversity and landscape in 2019.

This year artist advisors include social scientist Lewis Holloway, Reader In Geography at the University of Hull, who has a specialist interest in sustainability, food, farming and the countryside. Sarah Coe, scientist from the British Nutrition Foundation.

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