The Pratt Manhattan Gallery in New York will present porcelain tableware created during four editions of the Art Food project. The exhibition organised by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute and the gallery will show the effects of special workshops for design students, which combined the culinary arts and design in a truly unique way.
Art Food is a unique international project which aimed to create unusual yet functional ceramic tableware – objects upon which culinary art is exposed and presented, objects which accentuate the beauty of the remarkable dishes and serve as canvas for works of excellent cooks and food stylists. Living in times of 'food culture' – culinary art is developing at an amazing speed, it’s one of the most experimental areas of contemporary culture, and for designers, it opens a new artistic ground that poses no restrictions for imagination. To answer this intense phenomena, Art Food invited young designers to seek and create tableware which addresses all of our senses.
The workshops were a unique way to learn the complex process of design – from a concept to production, from preliminary chats with the client to a tight co-operation with a producer. Experience gained during the workshops was crucial for further career development of its participants – the project opened doors to the industrial design field.
During the summers of 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016, students from design schools in the UK, USA and Poland attended design, anthropology and culinary workshops, held at participating design schools. The students discussed cultural aspects of eating and how taste and the way that food is made influences how the food is served – and vice versa. In Poland, during design workshops at the Ćmielów Design Studio in the Ćmielów & Chodzież Porcelain Factories, they created unique pieces of tableware under the guidance of Marek Cecuła, the project's coordinator and renowned Polish ceramicist.
During the four editions of the project, students from seven design schools took part in the workshops and created 48 collections of dishes. The schools included:
- School of Form in Poznań (2013)
- The Eugeniusz Geppert Academy of Art and Design (2014)
- Academy of Fine Arts in Gdańsk (2015)
- Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków (2016)
- Royal College of Arts in London (2013)
- Central Saint Martin’s College in London (2014, 2015)
- Pratt Institute in New York (2014, 2015, 2016)
The Art Food was created by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute, under its flagship brand Culture.pl, in co-operation with Marek Cecuła's Modus Design Studio.
Organised by: Adam Mickiewicz Institute and the Pratt Manhattan Gallery
Source: press materials, compiled by PB, translated by NR, Apr 2018