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URBANE: Exploring Our Urban Relationship to Food

19th-25th February 2015

Tent Gallery

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With 66% of the world’s population expected to be living in urban areas by 2050, now is the time to ask- how will we sustain these populations within the competing uses of city space? Have city dwellers lost all sense of connection with the rural, and in doing so, alienated themselves from the production of the very sustenance that keeps them alive?

URBANE is part of Edible Cities Edinburgh, a larger event that investigates food within the past, present and future context of Edinburgh.

View the digital exhibition catalogue here.

Exhibiting artists:

A Growing Exchange Alex Wilde, Annechien Meier, Gert-Jan Gerlach


A Growing Exchange film

Still from the film

A documentary film showing the influence of political, social and spatial development of urban agriculture in The Hague and Glasgow and explores the consequences and effects on both cities and their inhabitants.

Fiscal Flora: A Botanical Walking Tour of Edinburgh’s Financial District Daisy Lafarge

Audio tour

Fiscal Flora is an audio work exploring how the use of natural and holistic language and aesthetics are used in the corporate sphere to manipulate and enhance public relations. (Download available via BandCamp)

Dairy House Open Jar Collective

Public art project

A pop-up milk bar was built for the Environmental Art Festival Scotland to create a space for rumination and conversation with the public about milk and the dairy industry.

Culture Soup Sam Cook, Emily Parry, Sofia Sefraoui

Up-cycled portable food trolley

Using local and sustainable foods we are producing soup for the exhibition. The (free) soup will be situated outside the gallery space, although will serve to bring viewers in to the gallery.

Orchard City poster series (4 of 8) Jonathan Baxter and Sarah Gittins

A2 silkscreen posters

Since 2013, Dundee Urban Orchard have been working with individuals and community groups to plant and care for small scale orchards across Dundee. The posters celebrate the people and values that sustain the project.

Fruits (from: Fruits Series) Shannon McBride

Wax, pigments, faux hair, shellac, grocery container

“Fruits” allude to human interaction with nature, suggesting food politics, GMO’s and chemical agriculture. The series addresses the “artificialization” of nature, and the fine line between natural and artificial.

Raw,Cooked, Rotten Zoe Polycarpou

Bread, tin, wood

Viewers are invited to get involved in a loaf of bread’s transformation through the stages of food discussed in Claude Levi-Strauss’ ‘Culinary Triangle’: from ‘raw’ to ‘cooked’ to the inevitably ‘rotten’.

Natural Fibers Coral Mallow

Foraged candy and food wrappers, polyester thread

This is not an exercise in upcycling.

This is a reassessment of what is natural.

This is looking at the reality of our present normal.

This is what constitutes a natural harvest.

Orchard City Manifesto Anne-Marie Culhane, Fruit Routes Map Anne-Marie Culhane and The Abundance Handbook Anne-Marie Culhane & Stephen Watts featuring illustrations by Monika Mitkute & Jo Salter

The Orchard City Manifesto is based on the experience of creating the Abundance urban fruit harvesting project in Sheffield, the manifesto proposes the adoption of an Orchard City vision as a meta-narrative for future urban development.

Fruit Routes Map is a map & guide to foraging and new trees planted at Loughborough University as part of a trans-disciplinary project to develop an edible campus and a local food culture involving staff, students and the local community.

The Abundance Handbook is available in printed format or as free download from

A guide to community urban fruit harvesting.

Seeds Away Ollla at Work

Postcards, seeds

Seeds Away was a participatory project developed in the neighborhood and with the community of La Nizanerie, in the city of Nantes, France.

Frame #2 Marion Preez, UrbanPioneers l Stadtpioniere

Participatory public art intervention

Workshop and art installation which takes the question ‘How can we sustain ourselves within our city spaces?’ from the gallery space onto the streets of Edinburgh. As part of this workshop 18 participants explored the city centre, investigating where and how food growing could take place by installing 21 picture frames.

URBANE was curated by The Dinner Lab and sponsored by Pickering’s Gin.

Artist Talk announced for URBANE programme- “Orchard as metaphor: concerning socially engaged art and sustainability”

Join us for an artist talk at the Tent Gallery, as part of the URBANE interdisciplinary exhibition and Edible Cities Edinburgh events series.

Jonathan Baxter will introduce the work of DUO (Dundee Urban Orchard), a city-wide art and horticulture project established in 2013. Through the metaphor of an orchard Jonathan will explore key themes within socially engaged art including the tension between participation and provocation, the relationship between symbolic and actual practice, and the different evaluative criteria for what constitutes success.

The talk will be informative, informal and participatory.

This event is free and open to all, but please reserve a ticket via Eventbrite.


Artist biography: Jonathan Baxter is an artist and … He works across disciplines – both art and non-art related – uses psychoanalytic methodologies and performative practices to variously open up, challenge and propose … what is. Jonathan has a prior commitment to social, environmental and economic justice. He is currently undertaking research entitled, Performing the Broken Middle: Socially Engaged Art and Its Shadow.  

Open Call for Submissions: Urbane Interdisciplinary Exhibition


Open call for entries of all disciplines for Urbane– an interdisciplinary exhibition addressing our urban relationship to food.
​​“But cities are not just made of bricks and mortar, they are inhabited by flesh-and-blood humans, and so must rely on the natural world to feed them. Cities, like people, are what they eat.” 
-Carolyn Steel, from Hungry City: How Food Shapes Our Lives, 2008
With 66% of the world’s population expected to be living in urban areas by 2050, now is the time to ask- how will we sustain these populations within the competing uses of city space? Have city dwellers lost all sense of connection with the rural, and in doing so, alienated themselves from the production of the very sustenance that keeps them alive?
Urbane, a cross-disciplinary exhibition, aims to address these questions and provoke further consideration of these issues. Embracing discourse around the growing energy and attention being drawn towards local growing initiatives and food projects, the exhibition will act as a platform for the exchange of knowledge between artists, architects, scientists, writers, policy-makers and community groups to address the need to more fully embed our food system within our everyday urban lives.
Urbane will run 19-24 February 2015, with talks, workshops and performances activating the gallery space to create a forum to better understand the unique attributes and possibilities existing within Scotland’s urban and social environments for a more sustainable and equitable future.
Submission Guidelines: Works of all mediums will be considered for the exhibition, with a preference for interdisciplinary collaborative works. Works will be selected for their cohesion and ability to sit within a group show in the Tent Gallery, a street-front project space located in the Art, Space + Nature studio, a space where direct dialogue between the University and the public can take place. The dimensions of the gallery are roughly 6m x 6.5m x 2.5 m in height, so works must sit well within this scale of space.
Please send a digital copy or photos of your work along with an artist statement and description/interpretation of work to Allison Palenske at by 19th January 2015 at 5pm. Email attachment sizes must not exceed 5MB, please provide links to a Dropbox file location for larger files.
Only works that have already been created will be considered, unfortunately we cannot accept proposals for new work at this time. Preference will be given to artists proposing a performance, talk or workshop surrounding their work. Applicants will be informed of curators’ decisions by 26 January 2015.
By entering, the artist confirms that if successful, they will deliver finished exhibition quality pieces to Tent Gallery, Evolution House, Edinburgh College of Art no later than 15 February 2015. Artists must be able to pick up their works following the end of the exhibition, or provide return postage, no later than 1 March 2015. Whilst due care and attention will be given throughout, artists should note that the artworks will be sent, exhibited and returned entirely at the owners risk. Artists are liable to make their own insurance cover, if required. Works should be sent suitably packaged and will be returned in the original packaging.  Artists whose work is of a fragile nature should discuss this with the organiser before sending the works. Any further questions can be sent via email to Allison at