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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.

Free Breakfast Programme, People’s Kitchen Collective 2016

Feast journal combines articles on contemporary arts practices with recipes, food histories and literary narratives in an eclectic mix that serves to explore, highlight and question the varied roles food and its associated practices play within our everyday. Founded by Laura Mansfield in 2013, the first three printed issues of Feast took the themes of Indulgence, Digestion and Waste. Tracing a journey through the body by drawing upon the different and varied associations each stage of consumption entails, the journal brought together creative writing, artists 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 journal format. Under heading of Setting The Table, the series of online editions took the themes of Cutlery, Decoration, The Meal and Spaces for Eating. Continuing the eclectic nature of the printed editions, the online publications included critical essays, literary texts, picture essays and recipes, seeking to provide critical commentary and creative dialogues around our relationship with food, both as a product of consumption and a symbolic marker of community, class, gender, sex and the body within literature, film, architecture, design and visual art. Exploring the theme of Setting The Table Mansfield and Oliver 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.

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

Launching in the summer of 2018 each new edition will be comprised of curated content and a series of artists commissions developed in partnership with galleries across the region.

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


Feast is a project devised by Laura Mansfield. Having produced three printed editions of the publication Laura worked with Elisa Oliver on the continued development of the online journal.

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.

Dr. Elisa Oliver — Co Editor: Cutlery, The Meal, Decoration and Spaces for Eating

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.

Caitriona Devery — Associate Editor

Caitriona is based in Dublin but originally from the Irish midlands. She currently works at University College Dublin. Caitriona writes mainly about food and the arts, and has written for a number of publications including Corridor8, Manchester Wire, and Rabble.

Feast is published by Podia in Manchester, UK.


Peer Reviewers

Dr. Kit Poulson Artist and Senior Lecturer in Fine Art at the University of the West of England
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.
Will Carr 
Deputy Director of the International Anthony Burgess 
Foundation Manchester.
Dr. Joshua Abrams Researcher in the Department of Drama, Theatre and Performance at the University of Roehampton.
Dr. Kiff Bamford Senior Lecturer in the School of Art, Architecture and Design, Leeds Beckett University.