Projects / Colosseum of the Consumed


For Frieze London 2012, Grizedale Arts and Frieze Foundation hosted a programme of food-related performance, discussion, representation and retail titled the Colosseum of the Consumed.

It included new commissions by artists as well as talks and demonstrations by food historians and specialists, plus unique dining opportunities including a dinner for red-headed curators.

The activity was enclosed in a bespoke timber structure designed and built by Yangjiang Group. Modelled as a cross between a Roman amphitheatre and a cricket pavilion, viewers were able to watch events unfold from the ground or from a platform above.

The programme included performances and presentations by leading artists, chefs, food historians and specialists.

Stalls were presented on the periphery of the installation, highlighting local and internationally-sourced food production. A number of artists, community groups and eccentrics staffed these around the circumference of the structure, selling their home produce and ideas for alternative eating.

Coniston Youth Club made a small fortune, apparently.