Alchemy Artist Residency
Founded on Toronto Islands in 2015, Alchemy has taken place in Hillier since 2017. Prior to 2020, Alchemy functioned as an artist-led residency devoted to exploring the synergy between artistic practice and the growing, cooking and sharing of locally cultivated food in community settings. Founder and Coordinator Claire Tallarico is a trained chef and visual artist intent on exploring and documenting the intersection between creative practice, community engagement, and sharing locally grown food. Coordinator Tonia Di Risio is a visual artist and arts administrator whose work encompasses ongoing investigations of the growing, making, preserving, celebrating and sharing of food.
Alchemy’s newest initiative, Table Settings, provides hearty, healthy, no-cost suppers to vineyard and farm workers during the Harvest Season. PEC’s local economy benefits from Table Settings suppers as the project coordinators work closely with local farmers, butchers, makers, and local suppliers to ensure that the majority of food served is locally grown and raised.
During this time of COVID-related social and physical isolation, these meals are a simple, low-cost way for the County, vineyard owners, and residents to acknowledge the hard work and significant contribution of farm and vineyard labourers, many of whom come from outside of Canada. All of whom work alongside local farm and vineyard owners to harvest food and grapes enjoyed in the County and beyond. A small brigade of volunteers, artists and chefs plan and prepare twice-weekly suppers. Artists involved in the project will spend the summer of 2021 (safely) animating local farms, vineyards and public spaces coordinated through Tallarico and Di Risio’s participation in Ontario’s Culture Days Creatives in Residence program.
Visit Alchemy’s website to learn more.See The Work
Take a tour with CBC’s Jason D’Souza as he visits Alchemy Co-Founders Claire Tallarico and Tonia Di Risio, to learn the how and why behind Table Settings and their harvest season project to cook more than 600 meals for farm and vineyard workers.
Listen to the segment here.Browse Artists