About

CHERRY TRULUCK (FROME, UK) IS AN ARTIST, WRITER/RESEARCHER AND CREATIVE DIRECTOR OF CUSTOM FOOD LAB. HER WORK SEEKS TO RETHINK ECOLOGICAL STRATEGIES FOR COMMENSALITY AND SHARING SPACE. SHE DOES THIS THROUGH PARTICIPATORY ART INTERVENTIONS, CURATORIAL PROJECTS AND RESEARCH, CREATING SENSORY AND SITE-SPECIFIC EATING EXPERIENCES. CHERRY’S POETIC NARRATIVES OF THE JOURNEY FROM GROUND TO GUT UNPICK THE BODY/ENVIRONMENT BINARY. HER WORK IS MULTI-DISCIPLINARY, STRONGLY VISUAL AND OFTEN COLLABORATIVE.

CHERRY’S RECENT WORK EXPLORES COLLECTIVE FOOD EXPERIENCES AND DREAMS OF THE COMMONS, THROUGH SOCIALLY ENGAGED FOOD AND LAND-BASED GROWING PROJECTS. IN 2022, WORKING WITH INSTITUTE OF BIOLOGICAL, ENVIRONMENTAL AND RURAL SCIENCES AT ABERYSTWYTH UNIVERSITY, CHERRY HAS BEGUN A NEW LONG TERM PROJECT, THE BREEDER’S EYE, WORKING WITH OATS. SHE HAS ALSO RECENTLY CONTRIBUTED TO THE NFS LONDON COMMUNITY COOKS RESOURCE AND GEOCINEMA’S SIGNAL AND STORMS RESIDENCY AT FREEPORT INSTITUTE. SHE IS ALSO A DOCTORAL RESEARCHER FOR THE UK FOOD SYSTEMS CDT.

CHERRY FOUNDED CUSTOM FOOD LAB, AN ARTIST-LED ORGANISATION WORKING WITH COMMUNITIES TO IMPLEMENT CREATIVE STRATEGIES FOR INTERVENING IN FOOD SYSTEMS IN 2018.

ARTISTIC & WRITING PRACTICE

2022

The Breeders Eye” arts based and exploratory research project, IBERS, University of Aberystwyth – with UK Food Systems CDT

Member of Artist Steering Group “Private Weather Diaries” with Hilary Powell, Sage Brice and Alice Tatton Brown 

“Festive Feast: Land/Sea Ecologies” curated meal for Gaia Art Foundation

2021

Grief Pie” Performance workshop as part of Ajayu Transitorio, Yuvel Soria – Dance City Newcastle

Signals and Storms” Geocinema online residency for Freeport Institute, Barcelona (with Speculative Landscapes collective)

“A Forager’s Calendar” NFS London Community Cooks resource 

2020

FAR (Food Art Research network)” an international network of food artists conceived and established with curator Madeleine Collie, hosted by Custom Food Lab (ongoing)

Speculative Landscapes” a series of works around landscapes and instituting for the future developed as part of an international artistic research collective 

Placemakers” process-based residency, The Old Chapel, Tisbury

2019

A Meal in 6 Landscapes”, a communal meal for Delfina Foundation, London (The Politics of Food) 

Mouthfeel [and the Toothache Disco]”, a 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. 

Topographical Digest” edible landscape for Across Tracks, UCA School of Architecture,  UR Folkestone 

2018

“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

2017

“The Architecture of Anxiety”, group exhibition curated for Folkestone Fringe Push:Pull at Folkestone Triennial

“Gateway Dinners”,  for Urban Room Folkestone

2016

“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

2008-2012

Founder member of ActiveLayers, online performance collectiveWinner of Maryland Institute College of Art Research Residency: Gendered Performance of Space

OTHER WORK

Performance Designer and Art Director (2005-2019).  Theatre + Live Art Design Collaborators included Steven Berkoff, Trevor Nunn, Max Barton, Xavier De Sousa, LAS Theatre, Jermyn Street Theatre (Tom Littler, Anthony Biggs), Snapdragon Productions and Opera UpClose.  Immersive Events (art directing) included ‘The Lost Pagodas’ Brighton Royal Pavilion, for artist Geraldine Pilgrim, ‘The Scottish Play’ launch party for Manchester International Festival, ‘Streets of Spain’ at the Southbank Centre for Campo Viejo, Oxfam’s ‘The Circle’, Jameson Cult Film Club, Havana Club Immersive experiences, Paris Games Week for Playstation

Arts educator (2007-ongoing) specialising in delivering workshops with SEN groups. Key projects have included: Custom Food Lab’s community and schools programme; Roundhouse London (Design for Performance workshops); Arts Depot London (creative workshops for young people with learning disabilities and/or neurodiversities); Dover Arts Development (STEM to STEAM project); Creative Folkestone (Block 67 community art workshops); Creative Partner to Cambridge SEN School, Hammersmith.