In We Keep Each Other Fed, artist Henry James Garrett (This Book Will Make You Kinder) reflects on the rising rate of food poverty in the UK and reinforces the importance and power of mutual aid.
Using humorous, subversive illustrations to highlight the value of reciprocal care, Henry adorned three community pantries in East Kent with his signature artwork. The wonderful collaborating organisations, Our Kitchen – Our Food Club in Margate, Canterbury Umbrella Centre’s Social Health Café, and Dover Pantry, all have dynamic, collaborative approaches to community building, not only offering affordable or free healthy food, but also strongly contributing to community-led placemaking, building community connections and promoting an ongoing sense of kinship and reciprocal care.
We commissioned Margate Films to tell the story of the people behind this vital community space, and through Henry’s artwork explore what interdependence means, day to day, for those who work in and use this community kitchen. You can watch the video and learn more here.
Available now – limited edition merchandise designed by Henry is now on sale, with all proceeds going to the Dover Pantry, Our Kitchen in Margate and Canterbury Umbrella’s Social Café. Click here to learn more and reserve your bundle.
I couldn’t have come up with a more fitting commission, and organisation to work with, had I sat down and tried to wish it up myself. All my art is aimed at making the world a kinder place, and I’m energised by the opportunity Futures of Care presents – particularly in this moment – to look forward, and to locate and imagine building on those practices that might make for more caring, resilient communities. It’s from community practices of mutual care that I believe the political possibilities we desperately need, will grow. Henry James Garrett
The artworks were installed in the three food kitchens between 18 and 24 May 2022.
Arts Council National Lottery Project Grants