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CULTIVATE: Art as research - a panel discussion with A is for Apple & the Food Research Collaboration



The way we think about food policy often revolves around faceless statistics and political debate. What about the human stories left behind? Should they be given a space in research? Today, with Brexit, it is more important than ever to think about how to deliver clear messages to civil society to get them involved. Personal stories from the farming communities can be used to bring to light issues that often remain dormant. Here we stop and reflect on how individual farmers must shift the way their crops are grown, processed and distributed in order to cope with policy changes. Learn how we uncovered those issues through artistic practices.

Join artists and curators from A is for Apple Project and researchers from Food Research Collaboration (FRC) in a two hour panel talk to discuss the importance of alternative research methods and what you can achieve with it.

A is for Apple is an art project that looks at the future of fruit farming, specifically apple farming, post-Brexit. It will culminate in a London exhibition on the 20th October in London, Herne Hill at 198 Gallery. It was created by two curators, Alexandra Sazonova and Chloe Ting, who gathered a team of four artists to undertake weeklong residencies at apple farms across England. The artists researched and uncovered the human stories often left behind in our thinking about food production.

The Food Research Collaboration, based at the Centre for Food Policy at City, University of London brings together academics and civil society organisations (CSOs) to facilitate more effective collaboration to produce, share and use the evidence based knowledge needed to influence and improve UK food policy.

Event Speakers

Gen Doy, resident artist working in Lathcoats Farm
Using sound as a way to document the memories, experiences and changes that can be found in a 3 generation family owned farm

Lateisha Davine Lovelace-Hanson, resident artist working in Somerset Cider Brandy Farm
Using poetry, the spoken word, and workshop facilitation to uncover farming stories surrounding land use, ownership and repressed histories.

Jamie Harper, resident artist working in Trumpington Community Orchard
Using facilitated Live Action Role Play workshops as an effective way to uncover systems that are set up within communities and orchards.

Lucy Steggals, resident artist working in Brogdale Collections
Looking at how using video, interview and text is useful to think about food, heritage and possible futures for the environment.

Alexandra Sazonova and Chloe Ting, project curators
Looking at apple farming through the arts and questioning whether it is a useful tool in involving people in food production and in thinking about the environment.

FRC speakers include:

Dr Victoria Schoen, Research Fellow at the Food Research Collaboration in the Centre for Food Policy at City, University of London
Looking at the effect of Brexit on fruit farming with a focus on trading issues, migrant workers and subsidies.

Bella Wheeler, Research Associate Social Work and Social Care at Sussex University & Poppy Flint, artist with experience working on sustainability issues, community engagement and understanding mental health
Looking at the use of art as a tool for research, effective strategies and how they have had a positive impact

The event is free to attend, tickets are allocated on a first come first served basis so please do register here to secure your space.

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When & where

5.00pm - 7.30pmWednesday 18th October 2017

The Northampton Suite University Building City, University of London Northampton Square London EC1V 0HB United Kingdom