Food For Thought

Concrete Tiki: Programme of Food Events, Workshops and Experiments at IMMA this July

The programme of Concrete Tiki reflects a current atmosphere of collaboration between food and art, while responding to the exhibition that will launch in IMMA at that time: a retrospective of the work of Brazilian artist Hélio Oiticica that will run from July 19th to October 5th in the museum.

Michelle Darmody, The Cake Café, and artist Fiona Hallinan have created a programme of food events and workshops for IMMA to sit within a larger series of activities throughout the museum.


A one-day revival of The Hare in the gardens of IMMA. The Hare was a temporary food project devised by artist Fiona Hallinan and chef Katie Sanderson for the exhibition The Worker’s Cafe, curated by Rayne Booth in Temple Bar Gallery, October 2013. A specially commissioned structure by artists Daniel Tuomey and Tom Watt will serve as the location for The Hare.

Plans for this structure gave the programme of food events its name, and it will later serve as the venue for other projects. A set menu of €20 on July 19th will feature the signature dish of The Hare, the 3-in-1: a board of mostly raw, locally sourced plant-based produce, Dublin-made sourdough bread and dips, and include drinks and a selection of raw, sweet superfoods. A specially devised childrens’ menu will cost €10.


Rocketman, Jack Crotty from Cork, will host a workshop in the Oak Room teaching how to pickle and preserve vegetables.

In the education workshop space children will be asked to ice edible gingerbread canvases in response to Hélio Oiticica’s work. Each canvas will be photographed before they are eaten.


The following weekend will feature the majority of the programme of Concrete Tiki. On Friday night IMMA”s Grand Hall will host a feast by chef Jess Murphy of Kai restaurant in Galway. Artist Mark Garry has been invited to collaborate with Jess to create a unique setting for this event for one hundred guests. Tickets for the banquet will be available online through the IMMA website at €50 per person for a multi-course menu.

This banquet will be preceded by a special tour of the galleries by curator Rachel Thomas.


The Cake Café has celebrated baking and local artisanal food off Dublin’s Camden Street since 2006. The Cake Café will host lunch in the  gardens of IMMA, serving a set menu throughout the day of locally sourced Irish ingredients. This will be served from the Concrete Tiki and bookings will be available for a sit down three course lunch. Michelle Darmody of The Cake Café has commissioned Dublin design studio Distinctive Repetition to create bespoke serving platters for this lunch event which guests will take home with them.

For the closing night of Weekends at IMMA a number of live music and performance events will take place throughout the museum, of which Concrete Tiki will be a part.

The team from House café in Cork will take over the central courtyard in IMMA and create a series of cocktails and eats during the evening. In the gardens outside Jennie Moran from Luncheonette in NCAD will offer a specially tailored menu later in the evening. This will be served in parallel with curator Vaari Claffey’s Gracelands, a platform for live performances, lectures and screenings.


On a date yet to be confirmed, a special outdoor meal will take place: a fire-cooked feast by chef Giles Clarke of Koya in London. For this event, artist Ruth Lyons has been invited to collaborate with Giles Clarke to create a unique work. One hundred bookings will be taken for this event, through the IMMA website, at €35 per person. Details to come.


A butter making workshop will take place in the paneled Oak Room in IMMA’s North Range in the afternoon. Adults or children  will be taught the almost-lost art of making butter in the home which will be hosted by Imen McDonnell, who blogs under the name Farmette. Michelle and Fiona are commissioning the design of butter stamps for the event so each participant will take home a unique pat of butter.

“Smoking fish in a biscuit tin” will be hosted by Sally Barnes of Woodcock Smokery in the oak room of the North Range.

Sally McKenna will host a workshop on using seaweed based on her book “Extreme Greens”.

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