The Gallery Pop-Up Where You Can Eat The Actual Artwork

By Phil Clarke, Editor of The Handbook website Phil Clarke |
11th March 2019

Michelangelo’s David, it’s one of the world’s most accomplished pieces of art man has ever created, chiselled perfection, the pinnacle of artistic achievement. There’s nothing that could make it better. Well, except maybe if it was made of chocolate. In fact, the same goes for pretty much every artwork, Munch’s Scream, Van Gogh’s Sunflowers, if only you could eat them right? From the Mona Lisa to Dogs Playing Poker, we love art, but we also love food. So a new café coming to South East London sounds perfect, every dish is a work of art. Literally.

Tender Touches is a new pop-up restaurant arriving at Peckham’s AMP Gallery and it promises to ‘blur the lines between gallery, studio and dining room’. The chef-cum-artist Inês Neto dos Santos, will be in charge of the menu. Famed for her food-based art practice, she aims to bring people together using food as a catalyst for conversation and debate, inspired by her interest in sustainable food practices including preservation and fermentation and based on themes of themes of body, flesh and physical boundaries. Forget that, bring me one of those arty jelly things.

And it’s not just the food, a further eleven artists will be hard at work creating every element of the café, with visitors sat at dining tables which have been stencilled with ‘biomorphic designs’, the crockery will be hand sculpted, as is the cutlery. The napkins, the candleholders are cast with the composite textures of different body parts. The wallpaper is bespoke, hung with paintings (this is a gallery, after all) made with corn, clay and exotic fruits. Every aspect, from the waiters’ mirrored trays printed with photographic art and wearing hand-embroidered aprons.

Diners can experience the multi-sensory experience of Tender Touches art café at AMP Gallery from Friday 17th May and sticking around until Sunday 30th June. 

AMP Gallery, 1 Acorn Parade, Peckham, SE15 2TZ

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