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BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art is Becoming CLIMAVORE

BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art is Becoming CLIMAVORE as part of a collaboration with Turner Prize 2021 nominated Cooking Sections. This long-term project is changing the food offering across cultural institutions with dishes using ingredients that address the climate emergency.

Launching 29 October 2021, the collaboration is part of Cooking Sections’ Turner Prize 2021 exhibition in Coventry.

 BALTIC is partnering with Cooking Sections (Daniel Fernández Pascual & Alon Schwabe) as part of the duo’s Turner Prize exhibition. The collective will support a long-term process to help transform the food offered at cultural institutions across the UK into a menu that addresses the climate emergency.

The first step in Becoming CLIMAVORE is to remove farmed salmon from menus, which BALTIC’s food and drink partner Fresh Element have done. The second step sees Cooking Sections work to create new CLIMAVORE dishes in collaboration with Six Rooftop Restaurant and BALTIC River Terrace. The dishes use filter-feeders and regenerative coastal ingredients that have a positive effect on marine ecology and proactively respond to the ecological challenges along the UK shore.

The site of the restaurant is at the core of Cooking Sections 2021 Turner Prize exhibition new installation. The word ‘restaurant’ originates from Bouillon Restaurant, an establishment in nineteenth-century France whose name literally translates as ‘restorative soup’, where this single-dish menu was intended to warm and nourish people’s bodies. In the climate emergency, the restaurant can grow to become a place not only to restore the human body, but also to care for the planet’s ecology.

The new food items will be available to purchase at Six Rooftop Restaurant and BALTIC River Terrace from 29 October and include:

Six Rooftop Restaurant – starter: Hand Dived Scallop, Kale, Parsley & Seaweed Risotto with Herb Crumb

BALTIC River Terrace – main dish: Rope-Grown Shetland Mussels, White Wine, Smoked Garlic, Seaweed Butter served with Fries & Heritage Grain Bread.

BALTIC EVENT – BECOMING CLIMAVORE: TALKS & TASTING EVENING Wednesday 24 November, 6pm in BALTIC River Terrace In addition, on Wednesday 24 November 2021, BALTIC will host a talks and tasting event hosted by the Turner Prize-nominated Cooking Sections. The evening event includes an opportunity to taste specially prepared CLIMAVORE dishes and produce alongside talks from experts in sustainable food production, including seaweed, heritage grains and foraging. Confirmed speakers are Cooking Sections, Dr Suzanne Hocknell, Dr Craig Rose (aka Doctor Seaweed), Linus Morton (Northern Wilds) and Gilchesters Organics.

Tickets can be booked from 29 September 2021. This event will be supported by a British Sign Language (BSL) Interpreter.

Daniel & Alon, Founders of Cooking Sections said: “We are delighted to be working with cultural institutions across the UK and BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead on Becoming CLIMAVORE, a project that questions how we eat as humans is changing the climate. CLIMAVORE works to reimagine and transform food systems in response to the climate emergency by addressing ocean pollution from open-net salmon farms. In participating restaurants, farmed salmon has been removed from the menu and replaced with ingredients such as seaweeds, sea vegetables and bivalves, which improve water quality and cultivate marine habitats.”

In addition to CLIMAVORE, BALTIC are also launching a new BALTIC Podcast mini-series called Climate Frequencies.

Climate Frequencies is a five-part podcast series exploring climate change through sound, presented by Natalie Sharp and brought to you by BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art. As the 26th UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) gathers in Glasgow, listen to the climate emergency and its reverberations through the ears of artists, thinkers and activists, with contributions from the worlds of contemporary art, science, literature and climate research.

The series begins deep in the molten core of the earth, tunnelling through the rock formations under our feet before burrowing up to the soil and land, through forests, and out to the oceans ascending to our final episode into the air we breathe.