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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


Surroundings 2017: We Are What We Eat 

Bringing together artists and scientists to produce artworks that explore our environment. This year’s programme focuses on the theme of food.

Coming up next:

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’ Join artists Laura Wilson, Gayle Kwan Chong, Ahilapalapa Rands and writer Dave Windass for FREE Performances and film, making, creating and participation

Laura Wilson ‘Milling About’ – a new film
Drop-in 2 – 4pm
Upstairs in the Archaeology Galleries, Hull and East Riding Museum Starts 7th October and runs 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 2 to 4pm
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

Gayle Chong Kwan ‘Microclimate Sensory Banquet’
Drop-in 2 – 4pm
The Marquee, Hull and East Riding Museum
Sensory experiences, food tastings and creative activities for all ages 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 now on display at Normanby Hall Library

Ahilapalapa Rands ‘Community Cookbook’ – recipe sharing
Drop-in 2 – 4pm
The Marquee, Hull and East Riding Museum
Come and share your own and your grandparent’s recipes for a new artwork being created Ahilapalapa Rands at Sewerby Hall and Gardens, East Riding of Yorkshire
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
2.30 – 3.30 pm
Meet outside Hull and East Riding MuseumA 30minute promenade performance for all the family. This humorous monologue by local writer Dave Windass, performed by actor Charlotte Sellers, explores the light and the dark side of Veg. The veg we love, and the veg we hate, and asks 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.


On going:

‘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 and will run from 23 July – 5th November 2017. (More on Gayle Chong Kwan below).

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.

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.

Completed Surroundings 2017  Projects

‘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.