Custom Food Lab is a food and art organisation led by food activists, artists, researchers and community-makers. We engage communities creatively with food systems, making opportunities for creative change and transformation.

Working mainly from Folkestone, Kent, we began in 2018 as Custom Folkestone C.I.C., a restaurant, garden and art space. Find out about Custom Folkestone here.

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Who We Are


Rubiane Maia, artist

Marta Fernandez Calvo, artist

Cosmic Constructions, ecologically sustainable building and design. 


Martello Primary

Kent Food Hubs Folkestone


Cherry Truluck – Creative Director
Cherry is founder and Creative Director of Custom Food Lab. Following a 15 year career in live art, theatre and architectural design, by 2015 her work had taken her in a culinary direction, exploring conviviality and commensality through socially engaged food/art projects. She is driven by a conviction that localised food production and food knowledge are intrinsically linked to a better future for us an the environment and her previous work with East Cliff Kitchen explored how artists could intervene in food systems to generate positive outcomes for their community. Custom Folkestone C.I.C. was conceived to further that mission.

Dr Meredith Wiggins – Director
Meredith is a researcher and analyst, passionate about climate change adaptation and the power that knowledge of the past can give us to create a more just, sustainable future. Her deep understanding of the intricate connections between government policy, cultural activity and environmental crisis are vital to the way we make decisions as an organisation. Meredith is currently based in Washington DC, where she is an AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow.

Zoe Tallon – Director
Award-winning architect and design consultant, Zoe is our newest board member. As we delve deeper into issues of food security and land use, Zoe’s knowledge of the built environment is going to be crucial to our thinking. Based in London, she is also a well-travelled foodie with a wide knowledge of international food cultures, and regular volunteer on community arts projects such as the Peckham Film Festival.