The Edible Map project

I have been developing the Edible Mapping Project since 2010. The project combines map making, artist-led walks, costumes, and performance as well as initiating actual food growing projects such as the growing of wheat in Newcastle.

The drawn maps are located in Croydon (2009), Hackney, east London (2010, 2011), Peterborough (2015), Newcastle (2015/ 2018), and Dallas (2015), and Domiz refugee camp (2019).

I argue that these maps help visualise the potential for local food production within typical urban spaces such as rooftops, car parks, grassed spaces, and vacant lots. Often, I use these maps to take people on walks around the neighbourhood to develop discussions in situ about how we might innovate everyday urban spaces to incorporate food production.

Below you will find greater detail about several of these projects, a gallery of maps as well as the costumes that are used to bring everyday urban food production to life.

Gallery of refugee gardens, Kurdistan

One of the main aims of the Lemon Tree Trust was to support home gardens for refugees. Below are a selection of images that show the wide range…

UA and Refugees

Map Gallery

The map gallery features a selection of images, some high resolution, of maps, and other art work associated with the walks and events. if you copy and image…

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Edible Map of Newcastle

From the 16th-23rd of May 2015 I exhibited the Edible Map of Newcastle, alongside limited edition plates, and a series of seven-day artist led walks, as part of the…

The Edible Map project

Walks gallery

A selection of images from various Edible Walks, including Hackney, Peterborough, Newcastle, Shieldfield, 2010 – 2019. Images, ©Mikey Tomkins, SAW, Julia Heslop, Sandra Keating

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Costumes Gallery


Edible Map Plates

As part of the communal aspect of eating and sharing harvests, I have begun to develop the maps into plates. This is still a nascent idea but one…

The Edible Map project


SHIELDFIELD WHEATFIELD was a project in collaboration with Shieldfield Art Works, begun in 2018, with the aim of growing urban wheat in Shieldfield, Newcastle. The wheat would then…

The Edible Map project

Urban Wheat Guardian

The Urban Wheat Guardian, is one of two costumes and masks I have been making over 2020, the second is the Fish Spirit Catcher. The Urban Wheat Guardian…

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RGS: Edible Map walk narrative and instructions

Below is the full description of the Hackney edible walk from the RGS Website. I was interviewed by the RGS who transcribed and edited by commentary as shown…

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Fish Spirit Catcher/ Guardian of the Sweetcorn

These costumes below, as well as the wheat costume, were created to help explore questions around the cultural response to urban food production within my imaginary maps. For…

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Edible Map of Shieldfield, Newcastle

  June 2019. As part of an exhibition at Shieldfield Art Works, Newcastle upon Tyne I  exhibited the Edible Map of the Shieldfield as well as running a…

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Edible Map Bishop Auckland, County Durham

Incredible Edible Bishop Auckland, County Durham. This map was drawn to support the launch of Incredible Edible Bishop Auckland, March 2019. The map focuses on the central part…

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Edible Map of Peterborough

The Edible City of Peterborough, UK This Edible Map focuses on the centre of Peterborough, UK. In the 1960s the Cambridgeshire town of Peterborough was designated a New Town. It now…

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Press: Edible walk Newcastle

Newcastle Journal 2015 Could Newcastle’s rooftops become an urban farm? By David Whetstone A new project in Newcastle is envisaging a future where food is produced on urban…

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Press: Guardian, Edible Walk Hackney

Guardian 2011 Edible Hackney More and more people are finding imaginative places for growing food in urban environments. Edward Platt reports.   The Guardian article is here

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Edible Map of Dallas

This page explores the Edible Map of Dallas, which covers 110 acres of central Dallas. The map explores the potential for urban agriculture in the neighbourhood, imaging food…

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About the Edible Map project

The edible Map project has been an ongoing since 2010. The project aims to collect spatial data on urban land that could be made available to grow food….

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The Edible Map of Hackney

YOU ARE HUNGRY: MAPPING AN EDIBLE URBAN HACKNEY was the first Edible Map and walk that I created. The walks ran in both 2010 and 2011 and were…

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Royal Geographical Society: Edible Map walk in Hackney

As part of the Discovering Britain series, The Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers) has published the Hackney Edible walk as a self-walk with audio guide and…

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Publication: Footprint Journal. Issue # 10/11, Spring 2012

Flâneuring, Edible Mapping and Feeding Imaginations This paper discusses the edible map project and walks in Hackney, London, 2010-2011 Title of Paper: You Are Hungry: Flâneuring, Edible Mapping…

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