Custom Food Lab – News and Events

The Temple of Poo

We are really pleased to be working with Cosmic Constructions in the Locavore Community Garden. The brief was to create an accessible compost toilet for the garden volunteers, boring to some, but Bean, Iz and their team work in an expansive and creative way, so are building the most extraordinary structure. Their process is incredibly

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,

Wildlings Nature Experiences

WILDLINGS  🌱 🌱 has been developed by our very own Charlene Jones in collaboration with local forest and beach school leader Rachel Stevens (Holdfast Beach School). It is a forest school-inspired experience for children, a bespoke, child-led nature exploration group in the Locavore Community Garden. It will include lots of outdoor activities, crafting, learning and having fun.

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 –

10th February 2021 – I’m Sexy and I Grow It!

For LGBTQIA History Month, Custom & Folkestone Pride are giving away free grow kits for LGBTQIA folk! Each kit contains a variety of seeds & everything you need to get them started 🌱All you need is window light & love ❤️🌈🌈🌈 Made by Bean, who is a director of Folkestone Pride as well as being

5th January 2021 – The Warren Oracle

The Speculative Landscapes collective are developing new ways (and rediscovering old ones) of reading and learning with the landscape of the Folkestone Warren. Associate artist Rubiane Maia introduced the idea of the Oracle card through an informal workshop. Oracle cards – sometimes called divination cards or decks – are sets of cards with pictures and

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,

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