Arts Council England funding proposal.

Heath Bunting <>;

40 Rosebery Ave, St Werburghs, Bristol, BS2 9TN
Tel: 0117 9553780

Applying to:

Developing and realising visual arts project, Grant for artists:

Funding required for: Food For Free.

1. You and Your work.


Bristol is becoming a centre of biodiversity in comparison to its 
surrounding agri-business countryside.

We intend to make a map of all the wild, domestic and feral free food 
sources within the city of Bristol. This map will be published on the 
Internet and as a printed paper calendar.

A survey will be carried out by walking the streets of Bristol identifying 
and eating organisms then collating gathered data into homemade mapping 

Products will be made from the gathering of foods and distributed via 
markets, feasts and trade routes.

We aim to mix service industry technologies with old country craft methods 
eg a system to dry fruit via a computers ventilation systems and jams 
labelled with national grid references.

Like many natural world interactions the pursuit of 'wild food' is 
predominantly perceived as a rural pastime. The idea of looking for wild 
food in the grey - brown drabness of towns and cities may seem somewhat 
wretched. However, the city is still home to a diverse range of 
domesticated, feral and wild flora and fauna. The disobedience of plants is 
so remarkable that we find them infiltrating all manner of off limits 
places, carried via humans, animals and wind alike.

The project acts as a report on the state of Bristol's surplus resources, 
which are not piped through any economic market.

Parallel to the mapping of free food will also be the locating potential 
planting sites. Spaces of forgotten, abandoned or ambiguous ownership could 
be seen as the remaining cracks that reveal to body behind the city's 
concrete garment.

We will also research the land management and planting policies of the main 
planting bodies within Bristol. Many of the wild foods around Bristol are 
the result of discarded organic material such as apple cores thrown from 
railway trains. We will contrast these chaotic methods with official 
planting methods. Questions to be answered are: which plants are encouraged 
or discouraged in public space ? Which plants can cope with urban stress ?

A series of social and political investigations and interventions will be 
generated out of engagement with these issues. Such as the extension and 
contraction of boundaries and the blocking and unblocking of routes. 
Interviews, events and detailed information will be published within the 
These investigations will be branching off from the main concerns and 
the duration of investigation be one day to one week.

The Calendar
The calendar will act as a practical guide and a visual document drawing our mish-mash of inter-relational materials together. Aesthetically the calendar will be a mixture between trash business calendar with situationist, country craft overtones. We intend to print 500 black and White calendars sell a portion at 4GBP each. Distributed locally via cultural organisations from the Arnolfini to the Create Centre this will cover to sectors of specialism that will benefit from such a work. We will also distribute a number of copies freely and internationally to institutions and artists. A launch of the calendar will take place at the Cube Cinema for all ages with a weekend of relevant activities.
Maps act as tools to identify and navigate ones surrounding.

Every super-pedestrian and modern day explorer have their own mental maps 
shaped by personal priorities and frequented landmarks.

We will create a map with edible organisms as landmarks.

A survey of North Bristol will be carried out and the data entered into a 
database, thus generating a map, marking the food source to the nearest 5 

Heath Bunting is developing an open source map of Bristol. One possibility 
for the map is to use it as a platform for artists to represent various 
projects and views of Bristol overlaid upon each other. Food for free could 
be one of these layers. is a significant Artist collective server with an 
international audience we receive ,,, hits a year, so the work will be 
viewed widely

All the free foods mapped will be within 'Public' space, this public 
includes any private plant which intrudes. A tree may be planted in private 
ground, but its branch may grow into a public arena.

We intend to query this map on several levels, for example:

What can we deduce about the health or wealth of areas of the city?

How many other animals have mental maps of these food sources ?

Will the publication of free food locations create competition and 
depletion or will it encourage more awareness and more planting ? 

Previous related work:

2. Making it happen

The Cube Cinema has agreed to host our launch events for the Food For 
Free Calender the cost of venue and programme publicity will be support in 
kind. The launch events are scheduled to take place in March 2007.

Artist Kate Rich has agreed to distribute and publish any free food 
products including the calender via her Feral Trade project.

3. Your budget



Online map development (programming fee)500.00 gbp
Materials spade, fork, storage, production, maps 200.00 gbp
Artist fees3800.00gbp
Printed calendar 500 black and white700.00 gbp
Publicity (posters, leaflets)200.00 gbp

Sub Total

5400.00 gbp

Income from other sources - sales

Sale of calendar (200 copies @ 2 GBP400.00 gbp

Sub Total

400.00 gbp

Income from other sources - Support in kind hosting server space150.00 gbp
Materials GPS, digital camera350.00 gbp
Marketing and Distribution (Feral trade courier)500.00 gbp
Launch event venue Cube Cinema hire, and publicty250.00 gbp

Sub Total

1250.00 gbp

Total income from other sources

1650.00 gbp

Total requested from arts council

5000.00 gbp

Total income

6650.00 gbp

4. Benefit to you and the public


We view creating participatory events integral to our practise; we like to 
engage with an audience on a level were there is opportunity for direct 
experience. We make this happen by making events. Throughout the Food For 
Free project we intend to make a series of local events inviting others to 
join us on excursions, with the ethos that Doing It Yourself. During the 
launch of the calender we plan to host a series of large scale events 
including an event specifically tailored for children.

We want the project to impact on the local community immediately: 
Throughout the project, we will be talking and working with others to gain 
knowledge on the subject and local area. This will be a public interaction 
on a very daily level.

The published work on the Internet will have an international audience from 
the unsuspecting web wanderer to the viewer who will hear about the works 
via mail outs, publications and word of mouth. is a well 
respected art server with an ever increasing audience. We currently receive over 100,000 visitors a month.

Reaching the Audience

The printed Calendar will be available on sale in a number of venues around 
Bristol which represent a cross section of society, culture and specialist 
disciplines: kebele cafe in Easton (activist centre); The Arnolfini (art 
institution); The Create Centre (environmental centre); The Here Shop 
(sells independent media); and The Cube Cinema (cultural centre).

Food For Free will be promoted in a range of cultural communities from 
street to the office. This can only contribute to open diversity. Food For 
Free will be a medley of paradigm and style.

We envisage a wide variety of audience for this project as it can be sited 
in various contexts from arts to science.

Relevence of the project

The context for our work is often sited within the public realm. Food For 
Free is a public art work designed to probe, question and enhance social 

We will be interacting with arts organisations and individuals throughout, 
building upon the shared network.

Work that engages in cross culture and cross discipline is of contemporary 
importance. This project will be of interested to the arts community 
proposing contemporary questions such as: What is the role of the Artist in 
public sectors? Where is the artist in relation to everyday experience?

In 2005 we were invited to give talks about our practise at:

- The Arts and Ecology Symposium held at the RSA in London to an Audience 
of 300.

- The Arts and Ecology Symposium at Dartington School of Arts.

There is evidence of interest in projects of this kind locally and 
internationally. We continue to have positive feedback and interest in how 
we work and the concerns we try to push in the projects.

5. Meeting our ambitions for the arts

Supporting the artist Food for Free will provide us with future work via lectures and exhibitions, both locally and internationally. It will increase ours and others understanding of the city and challenge perceptions on the way in which we view the city. Support from the Arts Council will enable us to produce the work to a high standard, we are are in no doubt about the importance of this project. This project will nourish both concurrent and future projects of ours. We are already inspired to further action and art by this project concept.

6. Evaluation

We intend to document both the project sections and the resulting 
overall context generated.

We will be taking part in local and national free food events and 
discussions to gain feedback and development.

We will also be soliciting post project responses from participants in the 
form of reports and ideas for future projects and collaborations.

These will be published on the event website.