Spiritual Flavours: using visual arts practice to explore food and faith in West London

Cuch, Laura. 2018. 'Spiritual Flavours: using visual arts practice to explore food and faith in West London'. In: Visual approaches to the city: mediating everyday landscapes - Session 2: Exploring identities, belonging and everyday practices, RGS-IBG Annual Conference 2018. Cardiff, United Kingdom 28-31 August 2018. [Conference or Workshop Item]

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In this paper, I present the project Spiritual Flavours to reflect on my experience of using visual arts, including photography and film, to investigate the relationship between food and faith. This is a collaborative arts project with members of different faith communities in the suburbs of West London, who contribute recipes that they relate to their spirituality and religious practices. These communities include a Synagogue, a Sri Lankan Hindu Temple, a mosque, a Sikh Gurdwara, an Anglican church, a multicultural Roman Catholic church and an ethnically diverse Pentecostal church. Through interviews and cooking sessions, which are are the basis of a 'multi-faith' short film and a photo cookbook, the project pays attention to affective relationships with food, as a vehicle to explore ideas about home, gender, inheritance, tradition, difference and belief.

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Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)


creative practice, multi-faith, food, religion, identities, home, belonging, everyday

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Media, Communications and Cultural Studies
Sociology > Kitchen Research Unit


31 August 2018Completed

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Cardiff, United Kingdom

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28-31 August 2018

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01 Dec 2023 10:45

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19 Feb 2024 16:07



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