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Open Jar Collective: Notes from the front line

Sat 15th October 2016 Offsite

Open Jar Collective

Notes from the front line

Artists from Open Jar Collective gathered evidence and invited people in the North East to consider points of fragility in the food system.  We hosted conversations and created a space for dialogue in order to help build points of connection in the face of austerity.

We posed the question – who’s on the front line in the challenge to feed Newcastle sustainably?  The front line of food production and distribution is all around us in our everyday lives  – from farms to food banks, supermarkets to corner shops, cafes to canteens.

We popped up in Grainger Market on Saturday 15th October 2016, to share the stories we gathered from the front line and to welcome your own ideas.

Open Jar Collective is an artist co-op based in Glasgow. We deliver collaborative public art projects that range from hosting communal meals and staging unique pop-up events to research, workshops and exhibitions. We use food as a vehicle for bringing people together, as a common language to understand the global economic system, and as a tool for exploring people’s fundamental relationship to the land.


Hidden Civil War was a month long programme of events and exhibitions across Newcastle upon Tyne that exposed, collated and presented evidence of a Hidden Civil War in Britain today.  Hidden Civil War, a collaborative project, commissioned by The NewBridge Project and developed in partnership with East St Arts, Hands on Film Lab, Metal, Paper Rhino, Mark Donne, Taryn Edmonds, Chris Erskine, Julia Heslop, Beth Ramsay, Julie Tomlin, Vicky Ward and Aisha Zia. Hidden Civil War was delivered with the support of partner venues; Cobalt Studios, Tyne Theatre, Summerhill Bowling Club and The Cumberland Arms. Accompanying publication, The Precariat is produced by Paper Rhino.

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