#Exhibitions and Events

Sunday Lunch with Emily Speed

Emily Speed’s work explores the body and its relationship to architecture. The idea of shelter and the inhabitant. Recent works have particularly interrogated the space around and created by women’s bodies, toying with edible architecture and interactive spaces. Emily joined us for an architectural Sunday lunch at Custom to talk about her work and share

Vessel Open Studio

At the heart of the arts programme Vessel, we hosted an ‘open studio’ residency with ceramicist Jules Degroot, who worked collaboratively with the community in our space to co-create vessels for food, exploring the parallel ideas of creation and production in bodily and ceramic form, as she was herself pregnant. The full collection of work


OVERALL: PERFORMATIVE MEAL – a collaboration between Cherry Truluck and textiles artist Mira Albrecht, resulting in a meal based on foods that dye and methods of transferring the dye to the fabric. The meal took place at a table covered in fabric which absorbed the dyes in the food as the meal progressed. Menu:BorschtTurmeric and

Fireside Storytelling

As part of Refugee Weekend, local artists read stories of migration, displacement and ideas around home and what that means for different people. Through listening and sharing we hoped to open up dialogues around borders, openness and community. Family storytime during the day and grown-up storytime in the evening. Accompanied by a thematic library and

Solstice Party

At the height of summer, Custom Folkestone was BLOOMING! Our new container was in the process of being transformed into an expanded space for our restaurant and community activities, our Locavore Garden (created from scratch with volunteers from the Beacon and Touchbase Care) was bursting into flower and we were brimming with plans and excitement

Food Was Her Country

An Artist’s Dinners at Custom Folkestone. Over a casual 3 course meal inspired by Marusya Bociurkiw’s ‘Food Was Her Country’, the author read excerpts from the book and discussed the language of food and queer memoirs with Elena Marchevska and Folkestone artist Helen Davison. Guests were invited to join the discussion whilst breaking bread with

ERITREA: Community Feast

Artist Aida Silvestri created an Eritrean Menu and prepared it with the chefs of Custom Folkestone and Dr Legumes for 85 guests in the East Yard of Folkestone Harbour Arm. Aida introduced the food alongside an explanation of the political situation in Eritrea that caused her family and many others to leave. The menu included:Injera


Sunday 30th June 2019 Urban Room Folkestone Commissioned by Magic Carpets, Cherry Truluck hosted a community cocktail party & discussion, with unique drinks created from locally growing plants that have the ability to heal the land they grow in. This was part of her Near:Bower, a project derived from a series of plant identification walks

Gleaning Trip to No Man’s Orchard

In preparation for Kent Apple Day, which was celebrated by Custom Folkestone on 5th October 2019, we travelled to No Mans Orchard in Canterbury to pick apples and explore one of only a handful of traditional orchards remaining in the Stour Valley. These large old apple trees are the home of many birds, insects and lichen

Picnic Poetico

Picnic Poetico is a participatory event by Spanish artist Marta Fernández Calvo. During the weeks prior to the festival, a number of poems were. These poems contained ingredients, recipes and and poetic images of food. Participants were invited to cook some of the recipes described in the poems. The recipes were be served in Custom’s