For the next few months, Manchester Jewish Museum is working in collaboration with artist Leo Burtin to develop a participatory programme of activity related to food.

Using diverse examples of Jewish food as a starting point, we will explore cultural food connections related to the theme of belonging. Food will be considered as a traveller and migrant in terms of how certain foods and recipes arrived in Manchester and the roles they played within the Jewish communities. We are interested in exploring food as cultural identity, food as art and food as means of bringing people together.

As part of this project, we wish to commission an artist (Jewish or Non-Jewish background) to develop a participatory activity to premiere at the Cheetham Cultural Festival in September 2019. We are particularly interested in hearing from proposals from practitioners who already have a participatory and/or socially engaged approach and are interested in exploring the potential of food in artistic practice for the first time.

We are looking for a simple and effective idea which will generate conversation and interest at a busy festival which reflects the diversity of Cheetham Hill and the many communities who call the area home. To give you an example of the kind of activity we are interested in you may like to read about Leo’s piece Le Bistro which was presented as part of the festival’s recent ‘Spring Fling’ event.

There is a total budget of £750 available for this activity. You will receive artistic mentoring and dramaturgical support from Leo Burtin throughout the project, and production support from Manchester Jewish Museum’s Creative Producer Laura Seddon.

To apply, please send the following information on no more than 1 side of A4 in PDF format to: by 12noon 19th June. You may also submit your application via a 3/4-minute-long video (submitted as a link to YouTube, Vimeo or similar platform). If you would prefer to apply in an alternative format, please contact Laura ASAP.

  • Your name and contact details
  • A short biography or artist’s statement
  • A short statement demonstrating your interest in socially engaged artistic practice and keenness to experiment with food as an artistic medium
  • A concise summary of your idea for the commission
  • How you intend to proceed for the development of the project and the areas in which you would particularly benefit from the mentoring and support on offer.
  • A simple breakdown of how you intend to spend the project budget.



Deadline: 19th June

Research, Development and Production: June-August

Marketing deadline: 1st September

Cheetham Festival: September 19th – 22nd

Evaluation meeting: Early October

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