TASTY TALK: The Art of Food, Migration and Social Justice

Tasty Talk


The Art of Food, Migration and Social Justice

Why not join us for an evening of dining and discussion in Farmgate Café, Friday June 9th with Ellie Kisyombe and Michelle Darmody from Our Table in Conversation with Áine O’Brien, Co-Director at Counterpoints Arts, London: an unscripted conversation between women of different generations, cultures and experiences of Ireland.


What’s on the Menu

  • Supper & Drinks (available to purchase) from 17:30 – 19:00
  • TALK 19:30 – 20:30 (with Q&A session / no charge)


Our Table
Our Table is a community-driven, non-profit project aiming to highlight the need to end direct provision in Ireland. Their goal is to facilitate change through conversation over food.

Ellie Kisyombe
For Kisyombe, 2015 was a disappointment. While there was plenty of talk about direct provision, there was very little action. The Malawian native has been in direct provision for over five years, and volunteers with the Irish Refugee Council on the End Direct Provision campaign. As a direct provision resident, she is barred from paid employment. Kisyombe’s message to government last April was, “Stop the suffering. Stop the damage. Hopes have been raised, please do not let us down again.” Irish Times Saturday 9th January 2016

Michelle Darmody
Michelle Darmody is presently studying for a master in Art in the Contemporary World in the National College of Art and Design. She is a weekly writer for The Irish Examiner focusing on food as well as the founder of The Cake Café and Slice. Both café’s have won numerous awards, not only for their food, but also for their design. The cafés were used as a platform to commission design works and instigate collaborations with artists. Michelle has curated the food programme for The Irish Museum of Modern Art’s Summer Rising festival. She is one half of the commissioning body Concrete Tiki with Fiona Hallinan and most recently founding member of Our Table. Michelle has an ongoing interest in exploring identity and belonging through the food that we eat and the meals that we share.

Áine O’Brien is Co-Founder and Co-Director of Counterpoints Arts, London
Áine has worked across the arts, education and activism for over 25 years in the US, Ireland and the UK. She created FOMACS (Forum on Migration and Communications) in 2007 developing creative arts and public projects focusing on migration. Áine co-founded the Centre for Transcultural Research and Media Practice (2005) aligning doctoral research on migration with the creative arts. Her productions to date (across documentary film, print, exhibition and curation) explore global storylines linking migration with social justice. Áine leads on Counterpoints Arts’ Learning Lab programme, developing national and international learning/creative production partnerships (with artists, cultural and community organisers/organisations, policymakers and academic institutions). She currently works on the collective, multi-platform arts programme ‘Who are We’? at the Tate Exchange, Tate Modern, London.

Áine serves on the Advisory Board for the Centre for Cultural Studies Research, UEL; is a Trustee of Highlight Arts and an Impact Research Fellow at the University of York.




*Farmgate is hosting this event in assocation with UCC: Women’s Voices in Ireland from the Decade of Revolution to the Decade of Centenaries 9 -10 June



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