What did Alchemy Artists Residency — an Ontario-based international artist-run residency founded in 2015 — committed to community engagement through the sharing of art and food do when neither gathering nor sharing space is an option?
Join us (virtually -- on Instagram -- in rural Hillier (population 100) Prince Edward County and see how a small volunteer brigade of artists and cooks, working out of a donated vineyard kitchen space, made more than 500 sup
pers for farm and vineyard workers during COVID.
With the inability to offer traditional programming due to COVID 19, Alchemy artists and coordinators Claire Tallarico and Tonia Di Risio created a twice-weekly respite for 36 farm and vineyard workers, mostly from outside of Canada, from having to shop, prepare their own food, and clean up. These meals were given in appreciation for hard work during a stressful Harvest Season.
These two long time collaborators have documented how artists and cooks worked with local growers and makers to themes of food insecurity, creative practice and community engagement when traditional ways of gathering and sharing were not possible due to COVID 19.