Eat/Art is a pop-up dining event designed by SSK, accompanied by Composition, a live performance from visual artists Aliyah Hussain and John Powell-Jones.
The four-course meal, cooked and curated by SSK, will take place in the gallery space of Islington Mill, and be accompanied by Composition. An on-going collaborative project between artists Aliyah Hussain and John Powell-Jones, Composition explores the relationship between sound and the visual using drawing, traditional print techniques, amplification and sound manipulation.
SSK (Gareth Baty) made his name in East London, running boutique catering company Sclater Street Kitchens providing bespoke culinary experiences from pop-up restaurants and supper clubs to waited events for 200 plus. SSK has also worked for the likes of Michelin starred Jason Atherton and celebrated chef Mark Hix.
John Powell-Jones’ (SAVWO) practice incorporates illustration with fine art and draws heavily from his knowledge and experience of traditional print processes. The various print processes inform each other and the disciplines cross over; a lino becomes a screen print, accidental marks from an etching plate are then manipulated to form part of an image. The visual content of his work takes influence from the historical and the modern. A mixture of ancient texts and imagery of folklore, mythology, alchemy, the occult and witchcraft – to comics, horror, animation, cartoons, popular culture and all the rich iconic imagery that comes with it. He runs his own print studio in Islington Mill Studios, Salford, where he produces his own work as well as commercial screen printing.
In 2009 Aliyah Hussain received the Google Photography Award exhibiting at the Saatchi Gallery, London. Her more recent exhibitions include Spaceship Unbound, Castlefield Gallery, Manchester (2013) and Land & Sky & Sea, La'Escocesa, Barcelona (2013). She is also part of the Volkov Commanders, a group of artists who devised a unified alter ego to create collaborative sculptural and performance works that explore the boundaries between visual art, dance and costume most recently undertaking a residency at Flux Factory New York, as well as art directing 2014’s Sounds From the Other City festival in Salford.