Alchemy Artists Residency Presents Table Settings

Clossen Chase Vineyards, The Ridge Kitchen

Hillier, ON

Livestream Adult Agriculture Culinary & food Interdisciplinary Visual arts

What did Alchemy Artists Residency — an Ontario based international artist-run residency founded in 2015 — committed to community engagement through the sharing of art and food do when neither gathering nor sharing space was an option? Join us in rural Hillier (population 100) Prince Edward County and hear about how a small volunteer brigade of artists and cooks, working out of a donated vineyard kitchen made more than 600 suppers for farm and vineyard workers during COVID. With the inability to offer traditional programming due to COVID 19, Alchemy artists and coordinators Claire Tallarico and Tonia Di Risio created a twice-weekly respite for 36 farm and vineyard workers, mostly from outside of Canada, from having to shop, prepare their food, and clean up. These 600 plus meals were given in appreciation for hard work during a stressful Harvest Season. In a discussion moderated by artist Lisa Wood, these two long time collaborators will dish on how artists and cooks worked with local growers and makers to respond to themes of food insecurity, creative practice and community engagement while traditional ways of gathering and sharing were not possible due to COVID 19. Join us by Zoom Saturday October 24 at 5 p.m. (EST):

Sat 24 Oct
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Alchemy Artist Residency website

This event is free.

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Alchemy Artists Residency

Table Settings is a new initiative begun by Alchemy Artists Residency, an Ontario based independent artists collective that has been visiting and working in the Hillier community (population 100) since 2017. Since 2015 more then 70 artists from three continents have attended Alchemy. Table Settings is designed as a small contribution to the well being of vineyard and farm workers during this particularly uncertain growing season. The conception, planning, and cooking are led by Alchemy, an independent artist-run residency project founded in 2015. As part of their artistic practices, Alchemy coordinators and visual artists Claire Tallarico and Tonia DiRisio are both intent on the growing, making, preserving, and sharing of food. They believe in the positive social impact that the sharing of food can have on individuals and communities. Together and individually, these artists and others cook, document and share how Table Settings contributes to their respective creative practices. The Storehouse Food Bank, with financial assistance from the Prince Edward County Foundation, is the charitable partner and community advisor for the project.


629 Closson Road

Hillier, ON

Event Contact

Claire M. Tallarico