Since 2014, Delfina Foundation’s Politics of Food programme has worked with artists, activists, agronomists, artisans, bakers, butchers, chefs, economists, farmers, fermenters, foragers, historians, scientists, policy makers, nutritionists and more, delivering over 100 residencies with public programmes taking the format of meals, exhibitions, walks, talks, pickings and a pop-up cafe. Our first book dedicated to the topic was published at the end of 2019 and is distributed by Sternberg Press.

In Autumn 2022, Delfina Foundation will launch our fifth concentrated season of residencies and public programmes focusing our investigations on the most pressing issue of our time: the climate emergency. Agriculture alone is responsible for 30% of greenhouse gas emissions, 92% of global water use, 38% of earth’s ice-free land, and is a major source of biodiversity loss and land degradation. In our oceans, the impact of the world’s fastest growing food production system – intensive aquaculture – encapsulates the complexity of future “sustainable” diets as nutritional, policy and environmental factors rub against one another. Addressing how and what we eat is critical to the survival of both human and more than human species.

For this open call, we are open to a variety of responses to our sub-theme, but we are particularly interested in interdisciplinary collaborations between artists/curators and researchers seeking to evolve ideas beyond this residency and traditional art spaces. Whilst our residencies tend to host creative practitioners, we are keen to receive applications from researchers, including but not limited to traditional knowledge holders, academic researchers, scientists, ecologists and gastronomes alike, who are interested in this form of collaboration. Opportunities will be available for in-person residencies and virtual engagement, as well as public programme events. This open call should therefore be considered as an expression of interest to participate in a range of ways.

Before applying, we strongly encourage applicants to look at Delfina Foundation’s previous Politics of Food seasons and our book, as participants will be selected based on how they are building on and complementing our existing body of work.

Please refer to the Guidance Notes document for more details. To apply please complete the application form.

Application deadline: 14th June 2021, noon GMT


Politics of Food

Our 2019 book, published with Sternberg Press


Asunción Molinos Gordo: Accumulation by Dispossession

On the exhibition that formed part of our fourth season of Politics of Food


Nick Laessing: Plant Orbiter

Researching usership

Residency Project

The Politics of Food: Markets and Movements



Vivien Sansour: Zaree’a

On the work and legacy of seed keeper Esiah Levy

Residency Project

The Politics of Food: The Empire Remains Shop

Project by Cooking Sections


In Conversation: Chris Fite-Wassilak

Our Politics of Food UK Associate on cheese and authenticity


In Conversation: Deepa Bhasthi (Forager Collective)

Deepa Bhasthi tells us about the work of Forager Collective and her Delfina residency.


The Politics of Food

Installation photos of the group exhibition held at Delfina Foundation.