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Feast brings together artists, researchers, academics and cooks to facilitate projects that explore our relationship with food as a social event, a marker of identity, a product of history and a commodity for trade.  

Initiated as a series of printed publications Feast Journal has expanded to include curated events, exhibitions and artists commissions. Feast works with museum, gallery and community partners to support and facilitate artists research centred around the making, sharing and consuming of food.

Feast was founded by Laura Mansfield in 2013. Laura produced a series of printed editions and curated events before collaborating with Elisa Oliver to develop the project into an online peer reviewed publication, editing four editions under the overarching theme of Setting The Table. Laura now produces Feast Journal in partnership with Dust Collective under the guidance of an advisory board.

All previous editions of Feast can be read online here


Dr. Laura Mansfield - Editor
Laura is an independent curator and writer. She works closely with other artists in the development of both publication and exhibition based projects. Her projects have included the AHRC funded eating-history an exploration of the Home Studies Collection, Manchester Metropolitan University Special Collections and the touring exhibition Ambiguous Implements. She developed the project What We Talk About When We Talk About Work a northern wide talks programme supported by This is Tomorrow.

Caitriona Devery — Contributing Editor
Caitríona Devery is a contributing editor to Feast. She currently works as a research manager at the Earth Institute in University College Dublin. She is the Food and Drink editor for Dublin's District Magazine and features writer for its food offshoot CHAR.

Sarah Hardstaff — Contributing Editor
Sarah Hardstaff is a PhD candidate at the Children's Literature Research Centre, University of Cambridge, under the supervision of Maria Nikolajeva. Her research focuses on the novels of Mildred Taylor and Cynthia Voigt, applying ideas from economic criticism and functional linguistics, and is fully funded by an AHRC studentship. Sarah’s MPhil thesis explored food poverty as a theme in children’s literature, and received the 2013 Jacqueline Wilson Award. She has published on the work of Mildred Taylor, Cynthia Voigt and Suzanne Collins.

Guest Editors

Feast: Salt was developed and edited in collaboration with Niamh Riordan

Niamh Riordan is a Liverpool based artist, who also has a background in cheese selling and maturation. She is a producer and facilitator with Human Libraries, a programme of artist-led workshops and residencies in Sefton Libraries, where she cooks and collaborates on a regular series of food activities and library-cooked lunches. She is part of Fairland Collective, a group of artists and practitioners who collaborate together between Ireland, the UK and France, producing projects that recognise and prompt creativity in daily life. These projects often use cooking and meals to engage networks of people and communities.

Feast: Sugar was developed and edited in collaboration with Ellie Doney

Ellie Doney is an artist and materials researcher, currently engaged in a practice-led PhD which explores how cooking and eating together can enable new knowledge across disciplines about embodiment and human-material ecologies. She is interested in how sugar's materiality manifests
itself in and out of our bodies.

Feast: Consuming Children was developed and edited in collaboration with Sarah Hardstaff & Dawn Sardella-Ayres.

Dawn Sardella-Ayres (PhD, University of Cambridge, 2016) recently completed a tenure as the Ofstad Guest Scholar at Truman State University, teaching a course on girls’ literature and the girls’ Bildungsroman in the United States and Canada. She has published on Alcott, Montgomery, and Wilder, and researches issues related to gender and race, as well as the Kunstlerroman, in late nineteenth- and early twentieth century girls’ texts. She regularly hosts chafing dish parties, and makes wonderful creamed chicken on toast.

Previous Editors

Dr. Elisa Oliver
Co Editor: Cutlery, The Meal, Decoration & Spaces for Eating
Having produced three printed editions of the publication Laura Mansfield worked with Elisa Oliver on the continued development of the online journal.

Elisa is Senior Lecturer in Critical Studies for Fine Art at Leeds Beckett University and in Contemporary Art History at Manchester Metropolitan University. She has worked as a curator and public programmer for organizations such as the Tate and The New Art Gallery Walsall. She is interested in the culture of food as a barometer of class, gender and social interaction in daily life.

Feast is published by Podia in Manchester, UK.

FEAST Advisory Board

Poppy Bowers Exhibitions curator at The Whitworth, Manchester
Dr Amanda Ravez Head of Research Manchester Metropolitan University
Louise Clennell Education and Engagement Officer, MMU Special Collections
Kwong Lee Independent Arts Producer
Ashleigh Armitage Designer, Dust Collective, Sheffield

FEAST Peer Reviewers

Dr. Joshua Abrams Researcher in the Department of Drama, Theatre and Performance at the University of Roehampton.
Malin Alkestrand Senior Lecturer, Linnaeus University, Sweden
Dr. Kiff Bamford Senior Lecturer in the School of Art, Architecture and Design, Leeds Beckett University.
Will Carr Deputy Director of the International Anthony Burgess 
Foundation Manchester.
Lina Lordanaki Community Programmes Associate at Code First: Girls, UK
Dr. Angelic Michelis Senior Lecturer in the department of English, Manchester Metropolitan University
Dr. Kit Poulson Artist and Senior Lecturer in Fine Art at the University of the West of England
Ashley Reese Digital Teaching Fellow, University of South Florida, USA
Dr. Rachel Rich Senior Lecturer in the School of Cultural Studies and Humanities, 
Leeds Beckett University.
Kaye Winwood Artist, Producer and Honorary Research Associate at the University of Birmingham, Digital Humanities / College of Arts and Law.