The ART FOR FOOD PROJECT aims to create lines of communication between artist, audience and community partners by making artworks accessible and available in exchange for food that is then gifted to the Auckland City Mission.
The ART FOR FOOD PROJECT is part of ‘Changing Lanes’ an Artweek initiative that sees five artists place-make in five inner-city locations from 8-16th October. Nominated by Tautai Pacific Arts Trust, gallery artist TIFFANY SINGH has chosen as her location the pohutukawa tree on the corner of Federal Street and Hobson Street. As part of her project the artist encourages participants to bring tinned food to swap for a handmade organic beeswax artwork.
After meeting with representatives of the Auckland City Mission, Singh learnt that food insecurity has been identified as a major source of stress for low-income families. The Auckland City Mission and their satellite partners distributed 13,714 food parcels to families and individuals in need over the past year. Inexpensive food is often not as healthy as pricier alternatives. Inadequate food budgets therefore have negative implications for the physical, as well as emotional, health of low-income families.
Wednesday 13 October
St Matthew-In-The-City, 187 Federal Street, Auckland CBD
St-Matthew-In-The-City will open its doors for Latenight Laneways, encouraging people to give generously and support the Auckland City Mission by swapping a 450g tin of salmon for an organic beeswax artwork.
There will also be the option to support the Auckland City Mission directly by purchasing through St Matthews a Family Food Parcel which feeds two adults and two children for $65 or a Solo Food Parcel for $23 in exchange for multiple artworks.
Contributions can also be made to the ART FOR FOOD PROJECT at the Temaki Food Truck NZ in Khartoum Place from 5-10pm where snacks can be purchased and paid forward to the City Mission. During the following week Singh, in collaboration with the food truck will then make a nutritious meal and deliver it to the Auckland City Mission for their Homeless Community Drop In Centre which provides food and hot drinks for 80-120 people each day.