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The Common Kitchen

July 2, 2018 - July 15, 2018

Since 2012, artist Leo Burtin has been developing artworks under the collective title Homemade. Each piece in the series gently, poetically and playfully disrupts the familiar act of preparing, eating and sharing food. These pieces include publications, workshops, public interventions, celebrations and recipes.

This artistic practice with food is rooted in exploring how eating together might help us imagine new ways of living together.

The Common Kitchen is both the title of Leo’s King Street Studios residency and of a new publication which will be developed as a result of the time spent in the gallery with guest artists, and you, the visitors.

From 2nd – 15th July, you are invited to join us for a series of creative and culinary events.

OPEN SPACE LUNCHES – Monday to Friday, 1 – 2 p.m.

Every lunchtime, you are invited to join us for a light lunch and informal discussion on a different theme each day. The Open Space Lunches are an opportunity to meet new people and share ideas. Free and open to all.

OPENING EVENING – Thursday 5th July, 5 – 7 p.m.

Delve into the crowdsourced collection of recipes on display and explore the archives of the Homemade project. The event will feature an introduction to Leo’s artistic practice and presentation of the ideas which make up the Common Kitchen. Free and open to all.

LE BISTROQUET – Friday 6th July 11 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. & Saturday 7th July 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.

The Menu Needs You! At Leo’s Bistro, you are invited to pay for your meal with a recipe rather than with money. The recipe you “pay” with can be a family favourite, a handed down secret or a personal favourite – the important thing is the story attached to the food.

The piece is unashamedly socially engaged, facilitates conversations between strangers and encourages participants to consider the relationship their eating habits have to their (cultural) identity. It also examines our notion that monetary transactions are the only kind of meaningful exchange we can have in a capitalist society, gently suggesting that knowledge and stories are also valuable. Open to all.

IN DIALOGUE: ALISA TANAKA-KING – Saturday 7th July 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Alisa Tanaka-King is joining the Common Kitchen from Melbourne, Australia. During her visit to Lancaster, she will be working with local foragers and found produce, further developing her practice which focuses on sustainability and the handmade. This conversation will begin as a dialogue between Alisa and Leo about their respective practices and international collaboration and open up to a long table discussion. Pay What You Decide.

BREAKING BREAD: COMMON – Thursday 12th July 5 – 7 p.m.

Breaking Bread is a methodology for developing a bespoke menu and facilitating a structured conversation around a particular theme. In the past, Leo has presented events exploring themes as varied as Death & Decay, Jazz, European collaboration among others. For this edition, this meal-discussion event will explore the ‘COMMON’ of The Common Kitchen. Limited capacity, booking mandatory, £12.

 ALISA TANAKA-KING: F.O.C.U.S. – Friday 13th July 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. and Saturday 14th July 1 – 3 p.m.

You are invited to the dinner table, but this is not a dinner party. This is an invitation to be part of a transient community. A conversation. A journey of food, a sharing of stories, a connecting of dots.

F.O.C.U.S is a conceptual art project that takes place all over the world, inviting people to share in a dining and conversation experience that embodies social creative practice and sustainability. In form, the dining experience uses traditional Japanese haute cuisine KAISEKI as it’s foundation.

KAISEKI is a cooking art form that balances taste, texture, appearance in a specific sequence of small dishes. Local and seasonal ingredients are showcased, with great importance placed on balance and dining experience. Limited capacity, booking mandatory, £12.

CELEBRATION – Saturday 14th July – 6 – 9 p.m.

As The Common Kitchen comes to a close, you are invited to join us in raising a final toast and discover how the ideas behind the projects have involved. As this event coincides with Bastille Day, there may be fireworks! Free and open to all.


Dietary requirements: All of the meals provided during the events will be suitable for vegetarians. We regret we will not be able to accommodate any dietary requirements or cater for any particular allergies for the OPEN SPACE LUNCHES.

Booking information: For all other events, we will be able to accommodate any requests submitted in writing a minimum of 36 hours in advance. Most events are free and open to all, feel free to drop in and out at any time. For paid-for events, payments can be made cash, via invoice or by card. Your reservation will not be confirmed until we have received payment and we regret that we will not be able to issue refunds for cancellations made less than 24 hours in advance. For Pay What You Decide events, there will be a donation box at the venue.

For further information, bookings or to let us know about your dietary requirements, please contact Liz Duggan: liz@making-room.co.uk

Photo by Toa Heftiba on Unsplash


July 2, 2018
July 15, 2018
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King Street Studios
5a King Street
Lancaster, LA11JN United Kingdom
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