Food Justice

Food Justice and the Sea: An Artistic Exploration and Critical Discussion of Livelihoods and the Sea

University of Bristol

Sparks Bristol, Bristol Whippington Court Broadmead, BS1 3DS

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The Listening Table has a story to tell of the struggles and challenges faced by those who seek to make a living out of the sea. It voices the frustrations and uncertainties felt by those who catch and sell fish commercially in the early twenty-first century.

After three years of collaboration, The Listening Table, an interactive artwork exploring Food Justice, is now in SPARKS Bristol, a community hub now in the old Marks and Spencer building. You are invited to visit at any time until Saturday 23 March (Wed-Sat 11am – 6pm and Sundays 11am – 5pm) or for the discussion on Thursday 14 March when the creator team will be present.

Guests will be encouraged to explore the table and its stories and then to engage in a critical discussion, provoked by academics from the arts and social sciences. The panel will be chaired by Dr Rob Skinner (University of Bristol, Historical Studies) and will include:

  • Amy Rose and the story of the Listening Table,
  • Dr Lydia Medland (University of Bristol, Sociology and Politics) with a tale of tinned sardines,
  • Dr Lucy McCarthy (University of Bristol, Business School) on the challenge of sustainable seafood supply chains, and,
  • Dr Laurence Publicover (University of Bristol, English) on the lore and the law of the sea.

The Listening Table was developed by Amy Rose, Synnøve Fredericks and Pete Bennett and was funded by the Brigstow Institute of the University of Bristol. It will be on display to the public at Sparks Bristol between 23 February and 23 March 2024.

Photo credit: Paul Blakemore

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