The Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA), Liverpool City Council and Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre have organised a major artist-led project in Liverpool, dubbed FOOD FIGHT – The Battle for Food Security, culminating in a major public event on Saturday, 30 April (5-8pm) at Bigge Park, Liverpool.
The project, which is part of the MCA’s C3West program, is led by Sydney artists Diego Bonetto and Branch Nebula (Lee Wilson and Mirabelle Wouters) pictured, in collaboration with designer Genevieve Murray of Future Method Studio.
The event has been developed in partnership with Liverpool City Council and builds on Council’s long standing commitment to facilitating equitable access to food. This has been demonstrated through initiatives such as the Liverpool Community Kitchen and Hub and the Bill Crews Charitable Trust food van.
“Council has played a crucial role in bringing our community partners together to address this issue locally,” said Liverpool Mayor Ned Mannoun. “These partnerships have been instrumental in servicing over 800 hot meals to disadvantaged community members through local free food services.”
Anne Loxley, Senior Curator for C3West at the MCA, explains: “C3West is based on the idea that contemporary artists can bring unique value to situations beyond the gallery. We create contexts in which artists are placed at the core of projects that address social issues, and then work strategically with local communities, businesses and arts partners across Western Sydney to give these issues a voice.”
“When we started researching the FOOD FIGHT project and looking at data,” Loxley continues, “it was really sobering to realise that the issue of food insecurity is in everyone’s backyard.”
As part of the project development, the artists will conduct a series of community engagement workshops with local partners such as the Liverpool Girls High School, Inspire Community Services and the Liverpool Community Kitchen, Foodbank NSW & ACT and Youth Food Movement Australia – to name a few.
Tony Gatt, Business Development Manager at Foodbank NSW & ACT, comments: “The issue of food security barely raises an eyebrow in our society. Yet it is an issue which continues to worsen, with the rise of the casualised labour force and the ‘working poor’ – people who have a job and a roof over their head, but who simply do not make enough money to feed their families adequately. In NSW alone, over 90,000 people rely on Foodbank’s emergency food relief each month.”
“This is why initiatives such as ‘FOOD FIGHT – the Battle for Food Security’ are so important: anything we can do collectively to break down the veil of ignorance about food security, build empathy and address the stigma associated with food relief is a step in the right direction,” he adds.
The event aims to raise awareness about food security and access to affordable, fresh, and nutritious food for everyone in Liverpool and South Western Sydney, leads up to this major event which is set to feature local and healthy food stalls, live cooking shows, DJs, soap-box performances by “Food Warriors”, talks on nutrition, and a dramatic finale involved a short artist-choreographed food fight.
To register your interest, volunteer, and find out more about the event head to the official website: www.foodfight.org.au