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‘Grow your own’: this V&A Friday Late

‘Grow your own’ invites us to explore how a new kind of growing is springing up across London, at a time when we are faced with a population boom and continuing climate change. This V&A Friday Late, 26th August, we’ll be discovering how citizens are leading the revolution in food production and helping to create a more edible city.

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‘Grow your own’ invites us to explore how a new kind of growing is springing up across London, at a time when we are faced with a population boom and continuing climate change. This V&A Friday Late, 26th August, we’ll be discovering how citizens are leading the revolution in food production and helping to create a more edible city.

Every month, V&A Friday Late celebrates an aspect of contemporary visual culture and design in society, bringing us face-to-face with leading and emerging artists and designers through live performance, film, installation, debate, DJs and late-night exhibition openings.

The proposed activities for this ‘Grow your own’ Friday Late start with Adrian Ammo at the Grand Entrance at 18:30, spinning a mix of soulful house, disco and funk. But that’s just the beginning. Bring your dancing shoes and your chopping skills to Disco Soup, a mass cook-up with anti-waste campaigners Feedback. Clean, chop and peel produce discarded by the mainstream food system and eat to the beat when this delicious solution to food waste is served at 21.00. Listen to Farmerama Radio Live at Across the Museum Galleries sharing stories from the smaller-scale farming movement in the UK and beyond, and roaming the galleries and recording live soundbites from this evening’s participants.

Talks and debates are always a key element of the Friday Lates. You can learn about herbal resistance by joining herbalist Melissa Ronaldson who will tell us how elderberries (known as the poor man’s pharmacy due to its antiviral properties), that grow in abundance within our cities, could be significant in our response to antibiotic resistance and an alternative to pharmaceuticals.

Exchange seeds with other visitors and help to keep crop variety in the hands of the people at the London Seed Exchange. Referencing the early 17th century London Stock Exchange, Something and Son invite you to step into the world of selling, where seeds are your currency.

Challenge yourself; can you really taste the difference (when blindfolded) between organic and non-organic vegetables? Growing Communities’ Dagenham Farm, now one of London’s most productive urban farms, produces six tonnes of organic vegetables every year by transforming a derelict nursery.

Get to know Abbey Gardens, a unique open-access harvest garden in East London. Unlike the traditional allotment system, no one has their own patch. Instead everyone is welcome to participate in communal growing and share the harvest. Stocked with plentiful produce from the garden, pick up fresh vegetables in return for donations at the honesty stall.

Real live experiences are also part of Friday Lates. On this occasion, learn all about the importance of bees. Honeybees are thriving among the high-rise buildings of our cities, enjoying a more diverse diet than their rural counterparts. Hidden away on the roof, visit the V&A beehives and learn why we have welcomed this unique insect to take up home at the Museum. Or watch the V&A beehives via the live webcam and learn how to B-Kind to your vegetable with conservation charity, BugLife.

These are just some of the thrilling activities on offer at V&A Friday Late for 26th August; it’s all about bringing the rural idyll into the urban sprawl.

For more details, visit www.vam.ac.uk

Victoria and Albert Museum
Cromwell Road
London, SW7 2RL

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