Kate Rich is an Australian-born artist and trader currently based in Bristol, UK. In 2003 she launched Feral Trade, an underground freight network and grocery business trading goods internationally along social routes. The word ‘feral’ describes a process that is wilfully-wild as in pigeon, as opposed to romantically or nature-wild (wolf). Feral Trade uses the spare capacity of existing journeys in particular the surplus hot air of the art world as a freight resource. Feral Trade was conceived as a material investigation into the life of the circulating commodity, with a side interest in sustaining the artist’s own subsistence should other funding sources go belly up.
During her residency Kate prepared and served a lunch composed entirely of socially traded provisions including blue corn from Mexico, olive oil from Extramudera, salt from Georgia and cola from Barking & Dagenham.