4 October – 24 November 2016
Open Thursday & Friday 11am – 4pm, Saturday 1 – 4pm, (plus special events)
Throughout HOST different groups connected to Holy Biscuit conducted practical exercises in hospitality to build a collective knowledge. A growing archive of drawings, photographs, diagrams, testimonies, transcripts and recipes, were be presented in the gallery as a record of our ‘acts of hospitality’ to make the learning visible as the project unfolded.
More details of this exciting and innovative project can be found in this menu of events
STARTER |Tuesday 4 October, 12.15pm
A meeting of the co-producers of HOST in Shieldfield Park and sharing some chips to mark the launch of the project.
MAIN DISH |Wednesday 2 November, 7-9pm
We tucked into some food for thought provided by a new publication from artists Lloyd & Wilson and provocations from David Lisser.
PUDDING | Thursday 24 November, 6-8pm
An opportunity to share and celebrate as we brought together all aspects of HOST for a sweet treat.
COFFEE & CHOCOLATE |Spring 2017
After a period of digestion, a publication will be produced by the researchers of HOST as a legacy of the project
à la carte
Events specially programmed by HOST.
Art or Chips? | Sat 22 Oct, coach departs Holy Biscuit at 12 midday and returned at 2pm
“£800,000 on the Angel of the North?! With that much money you could buy everyone in the North East a bag of chips!”
A community coach trip to the UK’s most famous piece of public art to share a bag of chips and a conversation about the value of art in society. Free (£2 donation for transport).
Lunch Break with Painting for Fun| Tue 18 Oct, 1 Nov, 15 Nov, 12.15 – 1.45pm
Visitors took their lunch break at Holy Biscuit with members of Painting for Fun and Holy Biscuit staff team. Tea, coffee and soft drinks were provided. Visitors brought their own packed lunch and joined in the conversation.
Interventions by Mixing Bowl
Mixing Bowl is a mixture of people from different backgrounds committed to exploring what faith, art and shared life looks like outside of the traditional church context. Over the course of the project, Mixing Bowl organised events and interactions in and outside of the gallery that examined theirs and others’ ideas of hospitality.
Shieldfield Forum Cafe + David Lisser|October/November 2016
David Lisser is an artist based in Newcastle. He is particularly intrigued by technology and our notions of the future – how we might live, eat and work. During HOST, David spent time in Shieldfield estate exploring perceptions of hospitality. He used Shieldfield Forum Cafe on Wretham Place as a base for his activity and research during the programme and was part of developing the ongoing dialogue with HB and its geographical community. Some of his thoughts and provocations were in the gallery during HOST.
Shieldfield Forum Cafe opened in 2015 after residents of Shieldfield requested a safe, friendly place for local people and visitors to meet and engage with others. Run by volunteers, the cafe is open Mondays, Wednesday and Saturday 10am – 1pm.
Moveable Feast | 10 November, 9.30am – 5.30pm
Movable Feast was a travelling encounter with individual but connected practices to instigate wider discussion, questioning and critique on the role of hospitality in socially engaged art. Moveable Feast travelled between several sites of practice in Ouseburn and Byker all within walking distance of each other.
We sought to bring together people from within and outside the art community who could join the discussion at Breakfast, Lunch or Tea along the route and to contribute to the start of a conversation which had the potential to address complex challenges and deepen our community of practice. We were joined by critical friends from outside the city who helped connect the conversation with a wider context beyond Newcastle.