Research Lab – News and Events

Disorganising Metabolisms

For Disorganising, the Marrickville School of Economics are collaborating with the School of Instituting Otherwise and the Food Art Research Network hosted by Custom Food Lab to explore economies that foster circularity, interdependence and establish bio-culturally diverse principles that circumvent capitalist paradigms of risk and profit. In this workshop we will explore how artist led economies are

31st March 2021 – Custom Food Lab’s Madeleine Collie interview with Jose Roca

In this video, Madeleine Collie, Custom’s Curatorial Director speaks to Jose Roca about long term ecological research projects in this interview for the Monash University Museum of Art. “Colombian curator José Roca as the Artistic Director of the 23rd Biennale of Sydney, which will take place March 12–June 13, 2022.  “José Roca is the Artistic Director of the

Custom Food Lab’s Cherry Truluck wins scholarship to learn with the Hum

Custom Food Lab’s Creative Director Cherry Truluck has been selected to participate in online course ‘Patterns for Decentralised Organising’ by world renowned training organisation The Hum. Run by the founders of Enspiral and Loomio, the course offers practical guidance for decentralised organisations. Cherry will be applying this learning directly into Custom’s operating and governance structure,

The Imaginary Museum

A proposal by Speculative Landscapes. Every museum is a function of collectivity, as we look together for strategies of regeneration, anticipating the precarity created by rising sea levels and loss of landscape, the museum must participate in this movement of collective transformation. The new foundation for museums of the future will be the landscape –

22nd December 2020 – Speculative Landscapes

Earlier this year we received Emergency COVID relief funding from Arts Council England. This allowed us to see out the early stage of the pandemic, building strategies for community resilience, whilst we established the Locavore Growing Project, and establishing practical networks of solidarity and support for the artists and researchers we had already begun to create

22nd December 2020 – FAR Network

November saw Custom’s curatorial director Madeleine Collie and creative director Cherry Truluck reconvene the newly named Food Art Research (FAR) network (first hosted in August). The network includes members from India, Australia, Brazil, Mexico, Indonesia, Spain, Italy, the Netherlands and the UK. This feels like a very special thing emerging – there is an urgency for connectivity and solidarity,


COVID 19 Statement about the Custom Food Lab Art and Research Programme Due to COVID 19, Custom has not been able to hold any events or make public-facing work as part of its arts and research programme during 2020. We have, however, been grateful recipients of an Emergency Grant from Arts Council England meaning we