Emilie Taylor
‘Soup Run’ Collaborative Service made by 5 Yorkshire Artspace Makers and Detail of Soup Run Service by Emilie Taylor

‘Soup Run’ Collaborative Service made by 5 Yorkshire Artspace Makers and Detail of Soup Run Service by Emilie Taylor

‘Re Co-Efficients Dining Club Performance Dinner’ hosted by Grizedale Arts, Millenium Galleries

‘Re Co-Efficients Dining Club Performance Dinner’ hosted by Grizedale Arts, Millenium Galleries

‘Soup Run’ Detail (Red Ken) 1 of 6 Bowls

‘Soup Run’ Detail (Red Ken) 1 of 6 Bowls

‘Soup Run’ Detail 4 of 6 Bowls

‘Soup Run’ Detail 4 of 6 Bowls

GRIZEDALE ARTS

‘Soup Run’ Set of 6 thrown earthenware bowls decorated using slip and sgraffitto made for Grizedale’s 2011 gallery based re-enactment of the Co-Efficients Dining Club, a group set up by John Ruskin in 1905.

Decorated using slip and scraffitto techniques, deliberately chosen for their history, naivety and integrity, the outside of the bowls carry the trademark slip pattern adapted from domestic wallpaper designs made at the turn of the century that refer to the arts and crafts period. 

The inside of the bowls depict scenes from the 'Soup Summit' of 2008. The end of a three year period of wrangling between Westminster Council, the Church and London Voluntary Sector Organistaions as Westminster Council tried to amend byelaws that would mean soup runs, or providing food to the homeless, would become illegal. The summit, (with all organisations represented), met at Tate Britain in 2008 to set up a Soup Steering Group to take the matter forward. Scenes from this period of political history have been drawn simply using scraffitto, resulting in naive or cartoon images and quotes the viewer can piece together in their own reading of the events.

Politics, Morality, Welfare of the Common Man, the Church and the Gallery. Emilie was inspired by the events as representing a Ruskinian tale of our times.