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First Food Residency, Mex-UK 2016

The First Food Residency is a program run by Antonia and Anna Bruce. Over the past few years they have built up a residency exchange program for Mexican artists to visit the UK and vice versa. The project is designed for residents to undertake research into specific food and agricultural practices during their stay. The 2016 Mex-UK residency hosted 5 artists from Mexico with an emphasis on the food landscape of the South East of England. In relation to this the Museum of English Rural Life in Reading provided invaluable contextual backing and resources for the residents. My role in during the residency was to facilitate the artists in Reading and help organise specific study trips in line with the program. One such trip was a research visit to the University of Reading's CEDARs dairy research unit at Hall Farm, Aborfield.

Studio tour & BBQ with @marknaderuk at Collective studios #firstfoodresidency16

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A Full English Breakfast to start the day followed by a visit to the Harris Gardens @uniofreading with First Food Artists at Reading. #firstfoodresidency16 #uor #harrisgarden #botanicalgardens

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Great day out in London for Reading based First Food artists. Tate Modern, Borough Market & dinner at Fernado's studio! #firstfoodresidency16 #fish #billingsgatemarket #tatemodern #stpaulscathedral #boroughmarket #uor

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Introduction to UoR dairy farm with researcher Dave Humphries #firstfoodresidency16 #cedars #dairy #cow #milk #uor

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Introduction to library & archives @TheMERL with Adam Lines #animalportraiture #cow #archives #firstfoodresidency16 #uor

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Introduction to the Herbarium at Biological Sciences department @UoR with Alastair Culham #firstfoodresidency16 #botanics #amaranth #maize #plants #food

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Introduction to collections @TheMERL with curator Ollie for #firstfoodresidency16 #agriculture #rural/urban #landrover #collections #merl

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