ART4FOOD PROJECT // ST MATTHEWS IN THE CITY AND AUCKLAND CENTRAL // A COLLABORATION BETWEEN TAUTAI TRUST, ST MATTHEW IN THE CITY, THE CITY MISSION, ARTDEGO AND TEMAKI TRUCK NZ // 2016

The ART4FOOD PROJECT aimed to address the issue of food security in Auckland City by creating lines of communication and facilitating a cross-cultural dialogue between St Matthews In The City, The Auckland City Mission, The Tautai Pacific Island Arts Trust and the Temaki Food Truck. The church opened  late for the Changing Lanes 2016 Artweek event, encouraging participants to give generously and support the City Mission by swapping a 450g tin of Salmon or directly by purchasing a Family Food Parcel which fed 2 Adults, 2 Children for $65 or a Solo Food Parcel  for $23 in exchange for multiple artworks.

Changing Lanes is a collaborative project between Artweek Auckland, Auckland Council Design Office and Heart of the City and will bring together six projects that will transform Auckland’s urban space from 8-16 October. One such location is the Pohutukawa tree on corner of Federal St and Hobson St, chosen by the Tautai Trust for Social Practice artist Tiffany Singh to facilitate a generous Art for Food swap using her iconic wax castings. After meeting with the City Mission, Singh was concerned that the City Mission and their satellite partners distributed 13,714 food parcels to families and individuals in need over the past year and had identified food insecurity as a major source of stress for low-income families. Singh’s Art For Food initiative has previously been realised at the Papakura Art Gallery and the Hastings City Art Gallery where the exchanges for home made preserves were gifted to local food banks.

Inexpensive food is often not as healthy as pricier alternatives; a single capsicum or cucumber, for instance, can cost as much as a scoop of chips. Inadequate food budgets can therefore have negative implications for the physical, as well as emotional, health of low-income families. Singh and the City Mission, in partnership with St Matthew-In-The-City are opening the church doors for the late night Changing Lanes experience on  Wednesday 12 October encouraging people to give generously and support the City Mission by swapping a 450g tin of Salmon for a organic beeswax artwork. There will also be the option to support the City Mission directly by purchasing through St Matthew’s a Family Food Parcel which feeds 2 Adults, 2 Children for $65 or a Solo Food Parcel  for $23 in exchange for multiple artworks.

Alternatively, you can contribute to the ART4FOOD PROJECT by visiting the Temaki Food Truck NZ in Khartoum Place between the hours of 5-9pm  on Wednesday the 12th of October. Here you can purchase a snack for yourself and then pay it forward to the City Mission. The Temaki Foodtruck NZ and Singh will then, in the following week, make a nutritious meal and deliver it to the City Mission for their Homeless Community  Drop In Centre which provides food and hot drinks to between 80-120 people each day, your donation by paying it forward will enable this. Singh and Temaki Truck are working together as part of streetARTdego, an initiative by Gather and Hunt as part of Auckland Art Week, which pairs chefs with artists in order to connect the public with art through the medium of food.

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