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Surroundings | 2018

© The Cookbook Project - Ahilapalapa Rands

Ahilapalapa Rands 

‘Sewerby Cookbook’ launch and ‘fuddle’ 25th March 2018,at Sewerby Hall, Bridlington East Riding. The Cookbook will be available from 25th March onwards if you visit Sewerby Hall.

‘Sewerby Cookbook’ is by international artist Ahilapalapa Rands, artist-in-residence at Sewerby Hall & Gardens. Rands has been meeting staff from the Hall, from cooks to curators, and spending time in the wonderful walled garden, learning about local growing. Rands has created an artist community cookbook inspired by recipes; new and old, from Bridlington, the East Riding and further afield. The cookbook includes over 40 recipes submitted by local people, including international recipes supplied by some of the newcomers to Hull that are learning English with Hull-based community organisation, Welcome to English.

The Cookbook combines local contemporary and historical recipes into a collaborative publication looking through the lens of cooking and archiving to explore how our relationship to food and food culture has changed over time. Rands has been advised by Sarah Coe, Food Scientist from the British Nutrition Foundation. It is the final artist project for ‘We Are What We Eat’, for the first year of ‘Surroundings’.

Rands is a New Zealand artist-in-residence, presented in collaboration with the Centre of Contemporary Art, CoCA, Christchurch.

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‘Surroundings’ is a 3 year programme 2017-2020 of international artists residencies and exhibitions on environmental themes curated by Invisible Dust, produced by the Humber Museums Partnership.

Bringing together artists and scientists to produce artworks that explore our environment in 16 Museums across Hull, East Riding and North Lincs. In 2018 our focus is on migration and climate change. In 2017 it was ‘We Are What We Eat’ on food and sustainability and in 2019 it will be biodiversity and landscape. Over the programme we expect these important themes to inform one another and overlap through the artists work and education events. It is funded by an Ambitions for Excellence grant from Arts Council England and Sustaining Excellence grant from the Wellcome Trust.

More details to follow on 2018 artists and commissions.

Previous Surroundings Programme We Are What We Eat in 2017:

Laura Wilson

‘Milling About’ a new film exploring the region’s history of growing grain and producing flour for baking bread was created by Wilson and shown at the Hull and East Riding Museum, Hull. ‘Rolling’ (2017) a live performance exploring dough as a live material was originally commissioned by Delfina Foundation and the Royal College of Art and was presented at the Surroundings showcase in the Hull Museums Quarter on the 7th October at the Hull and East Riding Museum.

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Gayle Chong Kwan

‘Microclimate’ was a new body of artwork by Gayle Chong Kwan, which explored the history of fruit and vegetables grown onsite and included wider issues of food production, transportation and seasonality. Installations and photography were shown in the potting sheds, glasshouses, and the library of Normanby Hall, Scunthorpe, North Lincs.

Gayle Chong Kwan’s site specific work drew from the 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.

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The 2017 artist advisors included 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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