FOOD: Bigger than the Plate

This exhibition explores how innovative individuals, communities and organisations are radically re-inventing how we grow, distribute and experience food.


Supernatural, Uli Westphal, 2019, commissioned by the V&A
Until October 20, 2019
This exhibition explores how innovative individuals, communities and organisations are radically re-inventing how we grow, distribute and experience food. Taking visitors on a sensory journey through the food cycle, from compost to table, it poses questions about how the collective choices we make can lead to a more sustainable, just and delicious food future in unexpected and playful ways.
FOOD: Bigger than the Plate falls at a pivotal time where food and our relationship to it are topics of increasing global interest and debate. It features over 70 contemporary projects, new commissions and creative collaborations by artists and designers who are working with chefs, farmers, scientists and local communities.
Taking a fresh, experimental and often provocative perspective, these projects will present alternative food futures, from gastronomic experiments to creative interventions in farming, with several exhibits physically growing in the gallery space. They will sit alongside 30 objects from the V&A collections – including influential early food adverts, illustrations and ceramics – providing historical context to the contemporary exhibits.
The exhibition is split into four sections : Compost, Farming, Trading and Eating.
Until 20 October, 2019
The Sausage of the Future, Carolien Niebling. Photo: Noortje Knulst
Alas! My poor Brother, poster advertising Bovril, designed by W.H. Caffyn, 1905, UK. © Henry Caffyn/Image courtesy of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Mechelse Maatiaiskana, 22nd generation Cosmopolitan Chicken Project. © Koen Vanmechelen
Merdacotta, ceramic toilet made from surplus cow manure, Giantonio Locatelli et al., © Henrik Blomqvist
Fruits from the Garden and the Field (Purple and Yellow). © Fallen Fruit, 2019.
Urban Mushroom Farm © GroCycle
Symmetry Breakfast, Michael Zee. © Michael Zee
Ooho! edible water bottle, Skipping Rocks Lab