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Feast is a series of online publications that explore our relationship with food as a social event, a marker of identity, a product of history and a commodity for trade.
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Combining articles on contemporary arts practices with recipes, food histories and literary narratives Feast Journal presents an eclectic mix of content that serves to explore, highlight and question the varied roles food and its associated practices play within our everyday.

Feast was founded by Laura Mansfield in 2013.

The first three printed issues of the Journal took the themes of Indulgence, Digestion and Waste. bringing together creative writing, artist’s works and articles on food histories. Following the third edition, Laura Mansfield collaborated with Elisa Oliver to develop the Journal into an online peer reviewed publication, producing four editions in the new format. Under the overarching theme of Setting The Table Mansfield and Oliver edited editions exploring the themes of Cutlery, Decoration, The Meal and Spaces for Eating. In conjunction with the online content the pair developed a range of public events which included; ‘The Devil’s Supper’ at the International Burgess Foundation in March 2016; ‘Tasting Joyce’ at the James Joyce Centre Dublin in November 2017 and a series of commissioned responses to the Home Studies Collection at Special Collections, Manchester Metropolitan University.

All previous editions of Feast can be read online here

Developing the Journal in a new direction that is focused upon commissioning works with arts practitioners, Laura Mansfield now produces Feast Journal in partnership with Dust Collective and The Post Graduate Art and Humanities Research Centre at Manchester Metropolitan University under the guidance of an advisory board.

The Journal’s new phase of activity will move from the ‘Setting the Table’ series into a trilogy of editions exploring the commodities of Sugar, Spice and Salt. As part of this series Feast has received Arts Council England Funding to commission new works by Ellie Doney, Jasleen Kaur and Fairland Collective. The artists’ share an interest in food either as a medium, a means of engaging communities or a way to explore diverse histories. Produced in partnership with Lion Salt Works Cheshire, Touchstones Rochdale, MMU Special Collections and Museumand, the series of works will bring together an interdisciplinary mix of practitioners and diverse contexts to creatively respond to the individual themes of Sugar, Spice and Salt.

Please keep in touch with developments through the project mailing list and on instagram at feastmagazine


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 has recently developed the project What We Talk About When We Talk About Work a northern wide talks programme supported by This is Tomorrow and is a member of dust collective, developing content for their quarterly publication How Fine A Mess.

Caitriona Devery — Associate Editor

Caitriona is based in Dublin but originally from the Irish midlands. She currently works as a research manager at University College Dublin and is the Food and Drink editor for District Magazine's Guide to Dublin. Caitriona writes mainly about food and the arts, and as well as writing for District contributes to Rabble and How Fine A Mess.

Previous Editors

Dr. Elisa Oliver
Co Editor: Cutlery, The Meal, Decoration and 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.

Guest Editors

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

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.

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.

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
Paul Moss Director of Workplace Foundation Gateshead
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.