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The Milking Parlour

13th June, 2016 - 16th June, 2016


How do we feed the planet without it costing the earth?

Earlier in April this year Cape Farewell’s Rural Artist in Residence – Political Ecologist and Artist Nessie Reid – lived with two pure-bred Guernsey cows in the centre of Bristol’s Anchor Square for 4 nights and 5 days – a culmination of her intensive 18 month research residency exploring the UK Dairy industry. The show caught the attention of the public across Bristol and nationwide – we were featured on Jeremy Vine’s Radio 2 show, Radio 4’s On Your Farm and live on BBC News.

Now we bring the results of this provocative show – a specially commissioned documentary covering the show and its impacts, plus a series of panel talks and a chance to interact with the comments from the general public who responded to the live show, to a four day ‘dry’ show as part of Big Green Week at 123 Space.

As industrialised agriculture is one of the largest contributors to climate change, we have to ask and urgently: How do we feed the planet without it costing the earth? Can we still eat meat and drink dairy, and live sustainably? What are the alternatives and how do we get there? Food is complex and the choices we make on a daily basis shapes our current food and ecological system

This exhibition will feature daily screenings and panel talks.  It aims to explore the values and connections we hold towards our food and farming system – and the ways in which our current system is unsustainable and carries devastating environmental impacts.

Joining Nessie will be a range of environmental scientists, agricultural experts and food producers from across the region to ask these vital questions and encourage everyone to join in on the conversation.

Open all day 10am – late – FREE entry (with some tickets for special events)

Special Events – Schedule

Monday 13th June – 6.30pm – 9pm Private View and UK Premiere of the Milking Parlour Film accompanied by Artist Talk, Q & A and drinks reception. Please RSVP to oliviagray@capefarewell.com to reserve your place – please note places are limited.

Tuesday 14th June – 7pm – 9pm – Can we eat meat, drink dairy and feed the planet sustainably? Milking Parkour Film Screening followed by expert Panel Talk and Q & A featuring:

  • Aine Morris – Bristol Food Connections Festival Director.
  • Patrick Holden – Sustainable Food Trust Director
  • Professor Mark Eisler  Chair in Global Farm Animal Health and Food Security Lead The Cabot Institute, University of Bristol
  • Nessie Reid -The Milking Parlour Creator/Cape Farewell Rural Artist in Residence

Reserve your free place via Eventbrite

Wednesday 15th June –  6pm- 7pm  Milking Parlour Film Screening and Artist Talk followed by and in partnership with the People’s Screen Event

Follow us at @milkparlour #TMPBristol – Find out more on the Cape Farewell website.

The Milking Parlour is commissioned by Cape Farewell as part of their Rural Artist Residency FarmArt programme, in partnership with the Arts Development Company. Supported by the Arts Council England, Peoples Postcode Trust and Compton Foundation.


Nessie Reid for Cape Farewell


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123 Space
123 Cheltenham Road, Stokes Croft
Bristol, BS6 5RR United Kingdom
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