Small Gatherings for Big Thoughts'

12 June 2016


Venue: New River Studios

Organiser: Luisa Spina

Luisa Spina is a London based mix-media artist and social sculptor. She completed a degree in Fine Art at Central Saint Martins School of Art and Design and a Masters of Arts in Social Sculpture at Oxford Brookes University under the supervision of Professor Shelley Sacks, former pupil of artist Joseph Beuys and director of the Social Sculpture Research Unit. She has recently been shortlisted for ‘Art inspiring change’, a pioneering regeneration project launched by Turner Contemporary in Margate and supported by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation. The project looks at enabling primary school children to take the lead in order to transform their town and community through art.

‘Small Gathering for Big Thoughts’ is an invitation to bring your own ingredients, meet a stranger and cook together without a recipe. Open to a small group of people it explores ideas of how we can come together with our differences and co -create new possibilities.

I believe that a sense of humanity in continuous movement and transformation comes alive through the alchemy of cooking together. Inputs are given to participants to make connections between themselves and the ingredients brought to the table. In this arena, where personal and intimate moments are shared, we can travel across the world through imagination. Here encounters come together to reveal their interconnectedness to the world as well as their economical interdependency. In fact our choices as consumers are also brought to the table transporting us right in the heart of a contradictory capitalistic system in which foods move more speedily and freely then human beings.