Esther Collins – Jamboree 2018 participant

Takeover post from: Esther Collins

Although I arrived at Jamboree in a bad mood, I left full of love for this generous, and generative event. One of my many highlights was an outdoor workshop with Francesca Anfossi. She brought materials for a group to work with clay, and another to make pasta (which we also cooked and ate) alongside each other. Since then I have become fascinated by our relationships with food and art materials.

Later in 2018 I had the opportunity to propose a project with Ebbsfleet Development Corporation (@ebbsfleetgardencity) called Chalk and Cheese, which drew connections between communities and their food and art making. My project involved visiting groups and offering a cheese tasting in return for conversation about making, a series of workshops with invited artists, a visit to a cheese dairy and culminated in a community event in March 2019. In 2020 I am still making work about this in the studio, and at Towner Eastbourne (@townergallery) we are sending out art materials through food banks, soup kitchens and community centres. So I am hoping it won’t be long before we can eat and make together.