Cherry Truluck is an artist and researcher working with food and socially engaged practices. She is also Creative Director of Custom Food Lab. Through her own work and with Custom Food Lab, she seeks to rethink the structures of food production, commodification and communality. She does this through participatory art interventions, curatorial projects and research, creating sensory and site-specific eating experiences.
Cherry founded Custom Folkestone (later to become Custom Food Lab) in 2018. It quickly became a hub for artists and activists whose work centres on food and food growing. The organisation initially centred on a ‘hyperlocal’ restaurant, with core art programmes “Vessel” and “Something Held in the Mouth” establishing it as the UK’s first food-focused art space. It is now focused on community food growing projects and artist/creative research around food systems.
As a member of Speculative Landscapes collective, Cherry is currently working on ‘Signal and Storms’, an online residency with Geocinema and Freeport institute in Barcelona. Led by curatorial director Madeleine Collie, Cherry has helped to establish the international Food Art Research Network (FAR), hosted by Custom Food Lab.
“Speculative Landscapes” a series of works around landscapes and instituting for the future developed as part of an international artistic research collective
“FAR (Food Art Research network)”an international network of food artists, hosted by Custom Food Lab
“Placemakers” photographic record of miniature landscapes of contamination
“A Meal in 6 Landscapes”, communal meal for Delfina Foundation, London (The Politics of Food)
“Mouthfeel [and the Toothache Disco]”, multisensory food event, for Something Held in the Mouth, Custom Folkestone.
Custom Food Lab Community Feasts, each in collaboration with a local artist of a different nationality, bringing local people together to experience the breadth of culture and food within their own community.
“Near:Bower”, a project for Creative Europe Platform Magic Carpets connecting people from isolated communities through the experience of a poetic landscape of locally foraged food and drink.
“Across Tracks” edible landscape for UCA School of Architecture at UR Folkestone
“A Coastal Town” a story in food for Creative Folkestone relaunch
“Overall” performative meal, in collaboration with artist Mira Albrecht, for Vessel
“Exteriority Complex” Walking Talk for Folkestone is an Art School
“Woodland Kitchen” for the Ash Project, Kent Downs AONB
“BRAIN FOOD” Creative catering for Normal? Festivalof the Brain, Quarterhouse UK
“The Architecture of Anxiety”, group exhibition curated for Folkestone Fringe Push:Pull at Folkestone Triennial
“Gateway Dinners”, for Urban Room Folkestone
“It’s All Going to the Dogs” Performance collaboration with Alberta Jones, Strangelove Festival
“Re:ACT”, community art event, curated as part of Lucky Bert, Red Door Studios, London
Founder member of ActiveLayers, online performance collective
Cherry worked as a Designer and Art Director for 15 years after an initial training in architecture.
Theatre + Live Art Design Collaborations included:
Xavier De Sousa
Jermyn Street Theatre (Tom Littler, Anthony Biggs)
Immersive Events created with:
– The Lost Pagodas, Pavilion Contemporary, Brighton Royal Pavilion
Miss Jones and Co
– Manchester International Festival
– Pernod Ricard
– Havana Club
– Campo Viejo
– Jameson Cult Film Club
– Secret Garden Festival
– Cosmo centrefold
Cherry has worked as an arts educator, specialising in delivering workshops with SEN groups in parallel to her art and design practice since 2007. Key projects have included:
Roundhouse London – devised and facilitated 6 week ‘design for performance’ course for young people
Arts Depot London – devised and facilitated a series of creative workshops for a group of young people with learning disabilities and/or neurodiversities
Dover Arts Development – workshop facilitator for STEM to STEAM project
Creative Folkestone – Block 67 community art workshops facilitator – “Invisible Bridges”
Creative Partner to Cambridge SEN School , Hammersmith (over 3 year period), co-created unique learning resource for secondary SEN students.