The Edible Map project

This page of my work explores the ways I have used art practices such as map making, walking and talking to engage residents with the subject of urban agriculture. I have called this The Edible Map project and have developed a series of drawn maps of neighbourhoods that visualise the potential for local food production within the various typical spaces of a city: rooftops, car parks, grassed spaces, and vacant lots. I use these maps to take people on walks around their city where discussions can develop in situ about how innovation in everyday urban spaces to incorporate food production.

These diverse approaches bring drawn map to life through stories and enactments. It transforms the dead map into a lived and enacted map representing the experience, hopes, dreams and stories of its residents.

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…

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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

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…

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SHIELDFIELD WHEATFIELD

SHIELDFIELD WHEATFIELD is an ongoing project in collaboration with Shieldfield Art Works, begun in 2018, with the aim of growing urban wheat in Shieldfield, Newcastle. The wheat would…

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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…

The Edible Map project

Fish Spirit Catcher

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

The Edible Map project

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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Edible Map of Croydon

The Croydon Edible Map was produced in 2009 for an exhibition at the Building Center, London. It was the first map I produced. The map differs from later…

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