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Press Release: October 2014
Heather Barnett
L'Autre Pied's 'Artist-in-Restaurant' 2014
6th November


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An artist inspired by biological design and imaging technologies has been working behind-the-scenes at a Michelin-starred restaurant in London's West End, observing and recording the human efforts, energies and sheer exertion that goes into making and serving its world-class cuisine.

 

Staff at L'Autre Pied, including Head Chef Andy McFadden, one of Britain's youngest ever Michelin chefs, as well as other chefs in the kitchen, waiters in the restaurant, and commis waiters running up and down the stairs in between, wore heart rate trackers to capture biometric data during service, measuring their heart rate, distance travelled, and calories burned.

 

Artist Heather Barnett has transformed the information into a series of abstract artworks, rendered in materials taken directly from the Michelin kitchens. Food purées, including squid ink, balsamic dressing, and beetroot, form the basis of 10 - 16 screen prints and drawings, offering an alternative portrait of a dedicated and highly skilled team who work relentlessly hard to make L’Autre Pied the multiple award-winning restaurant that it is.

 

The resulting works will be exhibited at the restaurant, L'Autre Pied, 5-7 Blandford Street, Marylebone, over the next three months.

 

The innovative exhibition - where art meets science - titled 'In Visible Substance', launches on Wednesday November 5th. There is a private viewing at the restaurant from 5-7pm. Following this, it is open to the general public Monday to Friday, 3.30-5.30pm. All works are for sale.

 

Barnett, who is a Senior Lecturer in Art and Science at the University of Westminster and Central Saint Martins, the world-leading centre for art and design education, has exhibited widely during her 22-year career, including the V&A, the Science Museum and European galleries.

 

She is the fourth 'artist-in-restaurant' at the family of Pied restaurants.

 

The annual residency gives an artist access to the inner workings of either L'Autre Pied or Pied à Terre, its famous sister restaurant at 34 Charlotte Street, Fitzrovia, and a blank canvas to respond creatively to what they observe. The artworks are exhibited in a solo show each year at the Michelin eateries.

 

The contemporary art residency project is the brainchild of art-loving restaurateur and avid art collector David Moore. Moore developed a love of art as a young waiter when he served the Pop Art star Richard Hamilton who became a friend and then an investor in Moore’s first restaurant, Pied à Terre.

 

Rather than focus on what appears on the plates, which Barnett says is already an artwork in its own right, she has honed in on the physical human effort of preparing and serving the food.

 

Barnett said: “In a restaurant of this calibre, I had expected it to be run with meticulous military precision, but what I had not anticipated was the choreography of the dance: how a group of people could operate at such a constantly high state of alertness, in a cramped and stifling environment, yet move so fluidly and efficiently.

 

"Between the kitchen and the restaurant, the character of the movement is different - downstairs spiky and intense, upstairs smooth and serene - but with all parts of the machine working in synchrony.

 

"I wanted to capture the very human energy and effort that went into their work, to share a hidden dimension not normally seen.”

 

Michelin restaurateur David Moore, Founder and Owner of L'Autre Pied and Pied à Terre, said: "The 'Artist-in-Restaurant' residency is a jump into the dark, we never know what we are going to get. But, what I have seen so far is stunning, Heather's work is a complete triumph."

 

Critically-acclaimed contemporary artist Tim Head was the 2013 'Artist-in-Restaurant.' His exhibition at Pied à Terre, titled 'À la Carte,' was inspired by the precision of Head Chef Marcus Eaves and his team's presentation of the cuisine. Head's artwork includes a dramatic installation in the restaurant's dining area, which can still be seen. The centrepiece includes lunar-like discs placed on the walls and the restaurant's vast mirror, creating the appearance of being suspended in space. Head also created a set of nine colourful prints, and striking new side and dinner plates - artwork that diners get to directly enjoy!

Press Release: June 2013
Tim Head
Pied à Terre's Artist in Restaurant 2013
9th October–8th December


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LEGENDARY Michelin-starred restaurant Pied à Terre in London's Fitzrovia has appointed critically-acclaimed British artist Tim Head as its ‘Artist-in-Residence’ 2013.

 

The 'Artist in Restaurant' idea - believed to be the only one of its kind in the UK - is the brainchild of restaurant owner and art collector David Moore.

 

The contemporary art residency project created by Pied à Terre offers one artist per year the chance to spend a month at the restaurant creating works that are then exhibited in a solo show at the restaurant in October.

 

Head has been given free rein to create artworks of his choice, inspired by the Charlotte Street restaurant, its food, atmosphere, history and heritage.

 

He has been given full access to front-of-house and behind-the-scenes, including the kitchens, and is collaborating with the 30-strong team behind Pied à Terre, a staple of the London fine dining scene for the last two decades and frequently voted among the Top 10 best restaurants in the UK.

 

Since Pied à Terre opened its doors to diners 21 years ago, contemporary art has played a major role in defining the character of the restaurant. Artist friends regularly frequent the restaurant, which has built a collection that includes works by Sir Peter Blake, Sir Howard Hodgkin, and the late Richard Hamilton, one of the restaurant's founding investors, who is considered to be the grandfather of British Pop Art.

 

Head says he has been intrigued by the precision of the activity behind-the-scenes at Pied à Terre, choreographed by Head Chef Marcus Eaves, becoming a performance that delivers the most extraordinary dishes with seemingly effortless grace.

 

He is approaching the residency thinking about the links between his friend and former tutor, Richard Hamilton, who died in 2011, and the restaurant itself. One work created during his residency will become part of Pied à Terre's permanent collection of contemporary art; the rest will go on sale.

 

London-based Head - whose works are displayed at the Tate Gallery, the British Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum, and New York's Guggenheim Museum to name but a few; has exhibited internationally; and was Artistic Director for the Eurythmics' Peacetour in 1999 among many achievements during his 40-year career - has already started to spend time at Pied à Terre, both eating in the restaurant and as an observer in its Michelin kitchens.

 

Well-known restaurateur Moore, aged 48, who has appeared widely on TV foodie shows from BBC1 Masterchef to BBC2 The Restaurant alongside his former mentor Raymond Blanc, said: "Pied à Terre has a long history of commitment to the arts.

 

"We have always been very keen on art and we have bought something each year, including Peter Blakes and a Howard Hodgkin. However, having done things in a slightly slapdash sort of way, we thought how much better it would be if we got someone to create an artwork from within.

 

"Our 'Artist in Restaurant' programme allows Pied à Terre to further underline its support of contemporary art by offering a specially chosen artist the chance to exhibit to a select audience, on a highly original platform.

 

"The exhibition is the culmination of a subtle collaboration between the artist and the restaurant team. Although it poses many challenges, it offers the opportunity for the restaurant to renew and regenerate every year with the input of the artist."

 

Head was chosen by a panel of art-world figures, including independent curator, author and contemporary art consultant Gill Hedley; Marie-Lise Sheppard, Grants Advisor for the Arts at The Wellcome Trust and 'Artist in Restaurant' Manager; and arts-loving restaurateur David Moore.

 

Head's exhibition at Pied à Terre will open with a private view on October 8th 2013; it will then open to the public the following day, and will run until the end of the year.

 

Head said: "This is a completely new and exciting environment for me to be working within.

 

"I am full of admiration for the forensic attention to detail and personal care that everyone brings to the place and in particular, Marcus Eaves the Head Chef who creatively nurtures and steers every dish that sails out of the kitchen.

 

"I am planning to make three different, but interrelated pieces of work for Pied a Terre, inspired by the precise preparation and presentation of the layerings of colours, textures and flavours that are brought together on the plate.

 

"These will take the form of a set of designs on the restaurant’s porcelain saucers and plates, a set of ‘flower’ prints, and an installation that plays off the actual space of the restaurant against the virtual space of its reflection within the long mirror wall. All these works will make reference to the tangible influence of Richard Hamilton whose flower prints and hotel lobby print are displayed on the restaurant walls.”

Press Release: 4 September 2012
Anna M. R. Freeman
Pied à Terre's Artist in Restaurant 2012
Restoration
2nd October–8th December


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This October, restaurant Pied à Terre will present an exhibition of works by artist Anna M.R. Freeman, the result of an eight-month residency. Anna is Pied à Terre’s second Artist in Restaurant, an annual residency scheme for emerging artists. Restoration will comprise more than a dozen paintings carefully installed within a mise-en-scene.

 

Restoration is the result of a period of in-depth research by the artist in both the public and private zones of the restaurant. The works are influenced by the restaurant’s daily routines, the relationships developed between the staff, the clients and the spaces they inhabit in the restaurant. Anna’s work explores the spaces between objects and people, the contrasts between areas of light and dark framed by architecturally formal surroundings. This new body of work explores the dialogue between performance space and behind the scenes, anticipation and grandeur as well as apparent opposites of miniature and gigantic, detail and whole, function and beauty.

 

The artist has approached the restaurant as a space in which to intervene, to create a set for exhibiting the work. The main installation turns the central dining area into a subverted theatre-in-the-round, transforming the diners and the food into the performers. The title of the exhibition brings in the many layers of meaning that filter through Anna’s practice.

 

Of the residency, Founder and Owner of Pied a Terre, David Moore comments: “Building on the success of last years’ residency, we have been delighted to welcome Anna into the restaurant. Pied à Terre has a long history of commitment to the arts, including both established and emerging artists; and we have relished the opportunity to engage further with the art world. We value the fresh perspective on the life of a restaurant that the residency brings. The artist views Pied through a unique lens and opens a new dialogue between the two worlds which everyone at Pied has enjoyed being part of”.

 

Anna has spent time at the Michelin starred restaurant, both as a diner and with privileged access behind the scenes. One work created during the residency will become part of Pied à Terre’s collection of contemporary art, which already includes works by Peter Blake, Richard Hamilton and Howard Hodgkin. Anna was selected in December 2011 by the Residency’s committee, from a list of ten artists put forward by the scheme’s nomination panel, and her residency commenced in January 2012. The selection process for Pied à Terre’s 2013 Artist in Restaurant will commence soon.

 

Anna M. R. Freeman was born in London, UK in 1982, where she now lives and works. She gained a BA (hons) from Chelsea College of Art and Design, London (2004) and an MA from The Royal College of Art, London (2010). Her work has appeared in many international exhibitions, including solo shows at Workshop Gallery, Venice, Italy (2012) and Galerie Kollaborativ, Berlin, Germany (2007). Group exhibitions include Some Domestic Incidents, MAC, Birmingham; Prague Biennale 5, Expanded Painting from Britain, curated by Matt Price, Prague (2011); The Blyth Gallery, London (2010) and the Bloomberg New Contemporaries touring exhibition, London and Manchester (2009). Anna has taken part in artist residencies at The Florence Trust, London (2010/11) and Galerie Kollaborativ, Berlin, Germany (2006-2008) and her work is part of the Saatchi Collection as well as numerous private collections worldwide. www.annamrfreeman.com

Notes to Editors:
Anna M.R. Freeman
Restoration
2 October - 8th December 2012
Pied à Terre, 34 Charlotte Street, London W1T 2NH
www.pied-a-terre.co.uk
Admission: Free
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday, 3pm–6pm
www.artist-in-restaurant.co.uk

The Artist in Restaurant Committee:
Professor John Aiken, Slade Professor, Director of the Slade School of Fine Art and Sculptor
Gill Hedley, Independent curator and consultant
Marie-Lise Sheppard, Grants Adviser for Arts at The Wellcome Trust & Artist in Restaurant scheme manager
Drew de Soto, Founder of Nancy Victor gallery
Calum Sutton, Managing Director Calum Sutton PR

The committee is chaired by Pied à Terre’s founding Director, David Moore

Pied à Terre
Pied à Terre was established in 1991, operating under the guidance of David Moore with Marcus Eaves recently took over as head chef. The restaurant has gained some of the highest awards and accolades possible, earning its first Michelin star in 1993, becoming a two Michelin star restaurant in 1996.


For further press information and images, please contact
Marie-Lise Sheppard, E: Marie-lise@artist-in-restaurant.co.uk / T: 07776481261

 

Press Release: 30 November 2011
Anna M. R. Freeman
Pied à Terre's Artist in Restaurant 2012


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Anna M. R. Freeman has been announced as Pied à Terre’s second Artist in Restaurant, an annual residency for emerging artists. Anna’s residency will commence in January 2012 and will culminate with an exhibition of her work at Pied c Terre in September 2012. She will spend time at the Michelin starred restaurant, both as a diner and with exclusive behind the scenes access to the kitchens. In order to facilitate the residency, she has been given a sum of £10,000. One work created during the residency will become part of Pied à Terre’s art collection, which already includes works by Peter Blake, Richard Hamilton and Howard Hodgkin.

 

Anna M. R. Freeman’s artistic practice encompasses painting, film and installation and is often inspired by a direct response to particular sites. Her work is primarily concerned with the unseen significance of space, through an examination of the functionality of architecture and its emotive content. She combines images taken of a space, with her memories of it, and is drawn in particular to unlocking the hidden potential of seemingly everyday things, nostalgic objects and organic forms of decoration. Central to her work are contrasting states; namely old and new, function and beauty, light and dark and surface and depth. For her residency she intends to create works that react to the seen and unseen intricacies of Pied à Terre through a series of painting, filmic and site-specific works.

 

Anna M. R. Freeman (b.1982) lives and works in London. She studied at Camberwell College of Arts, Kunsthochschule Weissensee in Berlin and Chelsea College of Art and Design, before achieving an MA in Painting from the Royal College of Art. She has participated in exhibitions across the UK and Europe and has completed a number of residencies, most recently The Florence Trust Artists Residency in 2010/2011. She was selected for the Bloomberg New Contemporaries Exhibition in 2008 and will have a solo exhibition in Venice at Workshop Arte Contemporanea Gallery in February 2012. Her work can be found in the Saatchi Collection and the Howard and Roberta Ahmanson Collection, and in numerous private collections worldwide.

 

The artist was nominated by Paul Bayley and selected by the residency’s committee, from a list of ten artists put forward by the scheme’s 2012 nomination panel. Artist in Restaurant 2011 was Elpida Hadzi-Vasileva.

 

The following artists were nominated for Artist in Restaurant 2012:
Andreas Blank
Ellie Doney
Miriam Elia
Natalia Escobar
Anna M. R. Freeman
Debbie Lawson
Mitra Memarzia
Claire Morgan
Helen Pritchard
Sally Sheinman

The Artist in Restaurant Nomination Panel 2012:
Paul Bayley, Director of the Florence Trust
Patrick Burrows, Director of Art Source
Manick Govinda, Head of artists’ advisory services at ArtsAdmin
Elpida Hadzi-Vasileva, Artist in Restaurant 2011
Oliver Varenne, Curator at Museum of Old and New Art, Tasmania

The Artist in Restaurant Committee:
Professor John Aiken, Slade Professor, Director of the Slade School of Fine Art and Sculptor
Gill Hedley, Independent curator and consultant
Marie-Lise Sheppard, Grants Adviser for Arts at The Wellcome Trust & Artist in Restaurant scheme manager
Drew de Soto, Founder of Nancy Victor gallery
Calum Sutton, Managing Director Calum Sutton PR

The committee is chaired by Pied à Terre’s founding Director, David Moore

Pied à Terre was established in 1991, operating under the guidance of David Moore. The restaurant has gained some of the highest awards and accolades possible, earning its first Michelin star in 1993, becoming a two Michelin star restaurant in 1996. Marcus Eaves was appointed Head Chef in 2011.

 

Pied à Terre
34 Charlotte Street
London W1T 2NH
www.pied-a-terre.co.uk

www.artist-in-restaurant.co.uk
www.annamrfreeman.com

 

For further press information and images, please contact
Marie-Lise Sheppard, E: Marie-lise@artist-in-restaurant.co.uk

 

 

Press Release: 3 December 2010
Elpida Hadzi-Vasileva
Pied à Terre's Artist in Restaurant 2011


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Elpida Hadzi-Vasileva has been announced as Pied à Terre’s first Artist in Restaurant, an annual residency for emerging artists. The artist was selected in December 2010 by the Residency’s committee, from a list of ten artists put forward by the scheme’s nomination panel comprised of six art world figures. Elpida Hadzi-Vasileva’s residency commenced in January 2011 and will culminate in September 2011 with an exhibition of her work at Pied à Terre.

 

Working mainly with found materials that require experimental approaches, Elpida is known primarily for site-specific sculptural and installation works that respond to the characteristics of a particular space or location. Working with unorthodox and often discarded materials from the natural world, Elpida’s practice examines how humans and nature relate, questioning preconceived notions of beauty. As artist in residence for the Faculty of Media, Art & Communications at the University of Gloucestershire in 2008/2009, based at Gloucester Cathedral, Elpida’s site specific installation comprised a major sound work and featured beheaded angels adorned with preserved animal heads and a ceremonial gown made of cured chicken skins and cotton.

 

Elpida is spending time at the two-Michelin starred restaurant, both as a diner and with exclusive behind the scenes access to the kitchens. In order to facilitate the residency, she has beed given a sum of £10,000. One work created during the residency will become part of Pied à Terre’s collection of contemporary art, which already includes works by Peter Blake, Richard Hamilton and Howard Hodgkin.

 

Of the announcement, Elpida comments: “I am privileged to be the first artist in residence at Pied à Terre. This project presents a unique research opportunity, as well as promising to facilitate an important dialogue and new working methods. Many of my works are made of found or recycled materials and often at first people don’t recognise them as art. Bringing these works to the centre of conversation is a good way of challenging presumptions and limited perspectives of what art can be and how it can engage other issues. I am keen to create a body of work that both celebrates and engages with the distinct character of Pied a Terre, its history, staff and clientele.”

 

Elpida Hadzi-Vasileva (b.1971, Kavadarci, Macedonia) graduated from Glasgow School of Art in 1996, with 1st Class Honours and was awarded an MA in Sculpture at the Royal College of Art, London in 1998. Her work has been extensively commissioned and exhibited nationally and internationally. Exhibitions include: ‘me, you & them’ at the 51st Venice Biennale; 'Inherent Beauty' at Public Room, Skopje; ‘Butterflies in the Stomach’ at L’H du Siege, France; and ‘Time Stands Still’ at Kilmainham Gaol Museum, Dublin. She has taken part in a number of European residency programmes including at ArtSway, Gloucester Cathedral; Irish Museum of Modern Art and Berwick Gymnasium Fellowship. She has also worked on a number of public art commissions including: 'Raison D’etre', Southgate Project, Bath; ‘Transpire’, St Bede’s Catholic College, Bristol; ‘We Are Shadows’, Unit2, London; ‘Life Cycle’, Bristol; ‘Re|Sort’, Fabrica Gallery, Brighton and ‘Ambush’, The New Forest. She lives in Brighton.

The following artists were nominated for Artist in Restaurant:
Rana Begum
Laura Buckley *
Margarita Gluzberg *
Elpida Hadzi-Vasileva *
Phil Jones
Kypros Kyprianou
Jess Flood Paddock
Sam Plagerson *
Boo Ritson
Emily Wardill
The * denotes that the artist was shortlisted for Artist in Restaurant


The Artist in Restaurant Nomination Committee 2011:
Michael Bracewell, Writer, novelist and cultural commentator
Karen Gaskill, Creative Director at Interval, an arts festival in Manchester
Margot Heller, Director of The South London Gallery
Elizabeth Neilson, Director of the Zabludowicz Collection
Verity Slater, Independent arts consultant and producer
Nicky Verber, Founder and Director, Herald St Gallery

The Artist in Restaurant Committee:
Professor John Aiken, Slade Professor, Director of the Slade School of Fine Art and Sculptor
Gill Hedley, Independent curator and consultant
Marie-Lise Sheppard, Grants Adviser for Arts at The Wellcome Trust & Artist in Restaurant scheme manager
Drew de Soto, Founder of Nancy Victor gallery
Calum Sutton, Managing Director Calum Sutton PR
The committee is chaired by Pied à Terre's founding Director, David Moore

 

Pied à Terre was established in 1991, operating under the guidance of David Moore with Shane Osborn joining as co-owner and head chef in 1999. The restaurant has gained some of the highest awards and accolades possible, earning its first Michelin star in 1993, becoming a two Michelin star restaurant in 1996. Website: www.artist-in-restaurant.co.uk

Pied à Terre
34 Charlotte Street
London W1T 2NH www.pied-a-terre.co.uk

For further press information and images, please contact
Marie-Lise Sheppard, E: Marie-lise@artist-in-restaurant.co.uk