Devon Guild of Crafstmen, Bovey Tracey, Devon, TQ13 9AF
Two Michelin star chef Michael Wignall (formerly of Gidleigh Park) has his own distinct working practices when he creates and serves using contemporary craft to present his food.
The exhibition Plate Up will bring out the personality behind the chef and look at his aesthetic and cultural influences. Plate Up showcases the work of selected artisans who use contemporary craft to present food and offers visitors the chance to see and buy inspiring work.
Michael is renowned for his creative approach to dining with projects that include Café Football with Manchester United footballers Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs, the pop-up restaurant Dill in Stockholm using Lidl produce for an urban dining experience, and appearances on MasterChef.
The exhibition, co-curated by Michael, is structured into the 5 elements (Fire, Earth, Metal, Water, Wood) and is based around functional pieces that would be used in a restaurant.
‘I was initially approached to do the exhibition because of my interest in Ceramics. Devon Guild regularly showcased pieces in my former restaurant at Gidleigh Park and I loved to chat to them about new pieces that I had received and my admiration for the artists behind them.
‘For me, food and drink is a visual art and I see the restaurant as a series of impressions. This means that the experience begins from the moment a guest walks through the door. The whole experience is affected by the aesthetics of the room and the items within, from the furniture the guest sits at/on, the art work on the walls, the side plates, the centre-pieces, the cutlery, the water glasses – it’s not just about the food on the plate!’
Chloe Rosetta Bell (Whinblossom Ceramics), Hilary Burns (Basketry), Brigitte Colleaux (Ceramics), Jonathan Curtis (Ceramics),James Devereux (Glass), Charlotte Duckworth (The Silver Duck - Silversmith), Alexander De Vol (Wood), Marie Ekland (Wood), Nancy Fuller (Ceramics), Akiko Hirai (Ceramics), Jason Hirst (Evogro - growing herbs), Sarah Jerath (Ceramics), Daniel Maltwood & Justin Sinclair (Pareusi Knives), Melissa Montague (Metal), Elvis Robertson (Ceramics), Anna Sibast (Sibast Furniture), Samantha Sweet (Glass), Dolores Swift (Leather), Ambrose Vevers (Furniture), Cristina Vezzini & Stan Chen (Vezzini&Chen - Lighting), Nic Webb (Ceramics & Wood), David White (The Whitlings - Wood), Andrew Woodhead (Crafted Knife Company).
Launch Party Friday 14 September, 6 - 8pm All welcome. Free. More details to come.
Meet the Makers with lunch at Gidleigh Park, Chagford
Thursday 27 September 10.30am, lunch served at 12.30pm
Over a glass of Ruinart Champagne you’ll have the opportunity to meet a selection of Devon Guild’s makers and explore the making processes and ideas behind their beautiful crafted pieces. After which chef Chris Simpson will be pleased to host you for a three course lunch in the magnificent setting of Gidleigh Park.
£80 advance booking through Gidleigh Park on 01647 firstname.lastname@example.org
A Way In: A Day of creativity, fun and lunch
Sunday 30 September 10.30am-4pm
Ignite your creativity using this exhibition as a platform to develop key ideas, processes and approaches through hands-on activities such as drawing, curation tasks, printing and pulling things apart. Led by Devon Guild Member Jess Davies. £50 including lunch. Advance booking essential on 01626 832223
Thursday 25 and Friday 26 October 10.30am-12.30pm & 1.30-4pm
Join in our Fantastic for Families free making days with fun activities for all ages, based on the exhibition. Use craft materials provided and create fearsome fare to dish up at a virtual spooky banquet!
Free, drop-in family event.
Photo Credit [Food by Michael Wignall, Ceramics by Sarah Jerafth, Photograph by Jean Cazals]