Life did not take over the world by combat,

but by networking.

—Lynn Margulis


The Food Art Research Network collectively represents network of living relations. FAR Network is an international network of established artists and cultural workers that engage with the politics and aesthetics of food.  We have met three to four times per year since 2020 and we insist on working slowly. We value peer learning and exchange and the network fosters lasting connections between members, across trans-local creative contexts.

We are committed to slow processes that might be considered akin to composting, we are mapping and unmapping shared interests across diverse conditions. We are attentive to the metabolic connections across places between ancient and ancestral food practices and we believe that connection to food, land and waterways is allied with practices of culture. We want to find ways to understand and share these connections without collapsing the differences and struggles that also exist.

Along with the vast networks of each of the artists, we have long term relationships with School of Instituting Otherwise, (India), What Could Should Curating Do (Serbia), Hawapi (Peru).

The Food Art Research Network (FAR) was established as part of the research platform led by Madeleine Collie while Co-Director of Custom Food Lab (Folkestone), with funding from Arts Council England in 2020. We are establising a steering committee and will soon announce a process through which people can join the network, which has a loose membership and structure alongside producing events and moments for public learning.

We acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land and waters on which convenors of the FAR Network are situated, the people of the Woi Wurrung and Boon Wurrung language groups of the Kulin Nations. We extend our respect to the Ancestors and Elders of First Peoples on unceeded and colonised lands across all of the territories on which we practice.