I have over 20 years experience as an Arts Professional specialising in visual art, food, moving image and performance. I am a studio holder at Grand Union Studios in Birmingham’s Digbeth area, and an Honorary Research Associate at the University of Birmingham; since 2016 I have peer reviewed the online journal FEAST.
In 2016 I applied the term ‘Expanded Dining’ to reflect my ‘beyond the plate’ approach to dining experiences and invited Dr Elisa Oliver to explore this terminology with me, which resulted in a new piece of writing Expanded Dining-PDF (Elisa Oliver, 2015) and a subsequent text Expanded Dining: Beyond the Plate published in ‘Spaces for Eating’, FEAST in 2018. This research is ongoing.
Flat 8 Gallery
From November 2018 to March 2019, I will be in residence at Flat 8 Gallery in Birmingham’s city centre; Flat 8 Gallery is a space that allows artists to develop a more personal connection with their audience through the combined experience of dining and art. During my residency I will be testing and producing a handful of intimate dining experiences that connect with my areas of research.
I have been awarded a Feeney Fellowship (2018-19) during which I’ll be harnessing new working methods and processes to reimagine the creative potential of food and eating; including casting, moulding, 3D printing and molecular gastronomy.
In 2019, I’m partnering with Co.LAB on a live project with undergraduate and postgraduate students and staff across Architecture, Product Design, Design Visualisation, Interior Architecture, Design Management and Environmental Design. Together we will be exploring the multi sensory potential of materials and environment, and their application within a live food event in April.
As well as my studio practice, I am a PT Producer for Ikon Gallery’s Looping the Loop programme in Birmingham; arts activity developed for and around Ikon’s Slow Boat (a converted narrow boat) in collaboration with Ikon’s Youth Programme.
I am always interested to hear from people working/interested in and around food experiences and design. Please do get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org