Field trip: Serpentine Centre for possible studies & Church Street Market

Photography by Nicola Anthony (c) 2012

My latest discoveries of new spaces and pockets of culture in London…

This month I have been busy concocting an exciting creative event with the quirky and extraordinary Edible Art Movement (affectionately known as the EAM), a group of artists creating installations, events and happenings designed to stimulate all six senses. During today’s a ‘field trip’, the EAM and I explored the Serpentine Gallery’s newest space – The intriguingly named  ‘Centre for Possible Studies’, and discovered a whole area of Marylebone that I never knew existed.

The Centre for Possible Studies is on Gloucester Place, just beyond Oxford Street and behind Selfridges.  The space is the hub of Serpentine Gallery’s Edgware Road Project, for which Serpentine invites artists to collaborate with the neighbourhood through a series of residencies, commissions and exhibitions to explore and celebrate the history, cultures and experiences of the many communities centred on the Edgware Road. The space is the venue of my next exhibition, where I will be exhibiting two artworks in ‘Imprint’, with a group of artists, performers and writers called The Fabelist. (27 Jan – 4 Feb, Click for PV invite here).

The Centre for Possible Studies is a beautiful old building with winding staircases and eccentric nooks. During Imprint’s opening day there will be a festival, where these arching alcoves and secret crevices will be filled with performances, experiences and stories. The Edible Art Movement will be staging a banquet during Imprint’s first-day-festival, where visitors will be invited to become a temporary member of the movement & exchange drawings for food and drink, in “Sing for your Supper / Draw for your Dinner”.

Next stop: The Church Street market, which encompasses the renowned Marylebone antiques district at the eastern end, and the hustle and bustle of the traditional fruit, veg and fish stalls to the west. (More about the Church Street neighborhood here)

The Edible Art Movement, set about the task of seeking out food as art materials & investigating the culture behind it, in order to re-appropriate it to create sculptures, installations and experiences.

On Church Street we met Akhmed, a jolly stall holder who was only too happy to tell us all about the colourful, diverse and exotic produce of Church Street.

The photo’s below show some of the inspirations we found:

Akhmed at his stall on Church Street, near the Lisson Gallery

Chillies – a very hot scotch bonnet and a rogue curly red

Photography by Nicola Anthony (c) 2012


A little more on the Edible Art Movement & their upcoming showcase:

“Sing for your Supper / Draw for your Dinner”

27 Jan 2012, 12pm – 9pm, Centre for Possible Studies

The Edible Art Movement (‘EAM’) was founded in the early 1920s by a group of experimental artists, intellectuals, poets and philosophers drawn together by a shared passion for food and art. Members aim to subvert conventional ideas of what food and art should be whilst at all times seeking to create incredible art. Their overarching philosophy may be summed up in their motto: “We Art what we Eat”.

The EAM creates installations, events and happenings designed to stimulate all six senses.

At the Edible Art Movement’s Banquet on 27 Jan, you will invited to become a temporary member of the movement and exchange your drawings of what you see at the table for food and drink – “Sing for your Supper / Draw for your Dinner”

RSVP here

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