Each year, we hold the TOAST Creative Residency; a three day programme of talks, workshops and events. Our very first Creative Residency took place at the Paper Mill Studios in North London, and explored the theme of our season campaign, The Unknown Path. The residency was open to all, with the aim of connecting creative individuals and fostering thought.
Over the May bank holiday weekend, the central kitchen became a place for calm and contemplation, with delicious vegetarian food served by Little Cooking Pot. Upstairs saw a rotation of many inspiring workshops, including Botanical Relief Printing with Georgia Dorey, Botanical Drawing with Julianna Byrne, Tintype Photography with Tintype Studio, Fermented Food & Kombucha with Little Duck, Taiwanese Tea Tasting with Xu Teahouse, Art Collecting with Georgia Spray, Weaving with Sue Lawty (Lawty's artwork was also on display throughout the residency), Spring Gatherings with Alexandra Dudley, Wood Carving with TOAST New Makers Takahashi McGil and Repairing with Molly Martin.
Curator Lou Stoppard hosted a talk on women in photography and there was a panel discussion, chaired by the literary reviewer Jon Day, with the authors Elif Shafak, Louisa Thomsen Brits and Kassia St. Clair, who can also be heard speaking on this season's TOAST Podcast.
We will be running the residency annually, so please do join us for the next one which will be taking place in autumn 2020. We will be sharing details of the workshops and talks closer to the time.