Past Exhibition Ran from 18 May 2019 to 20 October 2019

FOOD: Bigger than the Plate

Inviting visitors to participate, taste and debate, this bold exhibition explored current experiments at every stage of the food system – from compost to table

★★★★ a curious delight, just don't go in hungry.

The Independent

a punchy, fun look at the food chain

The Times

From urban farming to gastronomic experiments and synthetic meat, this exhibition brought together the politics and pleasure of food to ask how the collective choices we make can lead to a more sustainable, just and delicious food future.

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Exhibition Highlights

Mechelse Maatiaiskana, 22nd generation Cosmopolitan Chicken Project. © Koen Vanmechelen
Alas! My poor Brother, poster advertising Bovril, designed by W.H. Caffyn, 1905, UK. © Henry Caffyn/Image courtesy of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Urban Mushroom Farm © GroCycle
The Sausage of the Future, Carolien Niebling. Photo: Noortje Knulst
Symmetry Breakfast, Michael Zee. © Michael Zee
Ooho! edible water bottle, Skipping Rocks Lab
Hop-picking trip, 2018. Courtesy of Company Drinks, photo Nick Matthews
Merdacotta, ceramic toilet made from surplus cow manure, Giantonio Locatelli et al., © Henrik Blomqvist
Daily Dump Compost at Home, India
Fruits from the Garden and the Field, rainbow wallpaper (detail). © Fallen Fruit, 2019.
Supernatural (detail), Uli Westphal, 2019, commissioned by the V&A
'Griechische Oranges. Prinz von Kreta', fruit wrapper, 20th century, Italy. Museum no. E.1704-1974. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Studies of bees and other insects, by Beatrix Potter, about 1895, watercolour over pencil. Linder Collection cat. no. LC 19/B/5. © Victoria & Albert Museum, London, courtesy Frederick Warne & Co Ltd. and The Trustees of the Linder Collection
The Human Trace Tableware, Ewa Klekot and Arkadiusz Szwed, 2016 – 2018. © Arkadiusz Szwed
Parblex, glasses made from non-food-grade industrial potato waste in production. © Chip[s] Board
Totomoxtle table (detail), made from husks of heritage Mexican corn, Fernando Laposse
Brexit Ware egg cups, Harriet Coles

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