Grown Home

Curator: Arbor – Hilary Murray
Artist: Clare-Anne O’Keefe
Community Partner: Irish Digital Repositories, Dublin 7 local producers and community participants
Dates: Mar 2017- 2020
Website/Social Media:; Like on Facebook  #grownhome
Commission Type: Open Call
Commissioner Name: Grangegorman Public Art Working Group, Grangegorman Development Agency
Per Cent for Art: Yes



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Grown Home takes the prosaic act of ingestion out of the cafes, kitchens and streets of Dublin 7 and places it within the Art context asking how ‘…the lives we live’ are influenced by what we ingest. As food memories are recalled, recipes shared and fare tasted the similarities of consumption are emphasised and the differences of varied food systems celebrated.

Grown Home employs a cyclical methodology of SEED BANK CULTIVATE. SEED by gathering the Dublin 7 residents response to Grown Home participatory and interactive food instillations, BANK by sifting and sorting the visual, verbal and gusta- tory data, preserving it in an accessible digital repository and CULTIVATE by creating synergistic food-art responses to the community testimony. These photographs of food are rarely just about food: they hold up a mirror to intimate lives. Photographing food is ubiquitous in today’s society but placing this familiar practice in an Art framework raises deep-seated questions around ideas of family, tradition, class, gender, race, health, pleasure, and disgust.

Grown Home embraces the interplay of food and the digital format using social media and food art interactions to engage the Stoneybatter/Grangegorman community while also disseminating this data to the larger digital community. Curating the culinary responses and documenting the interactions within an online platform connects the ephemeral nature of ingestion and social media with the enduring substance of culinary folklore and digital footprints.

Grown Home has invited the Dublin 7 community to engage and direct this culinary investigation by creating participatory and interactive installations during Stoneybatter Pride of Place events large and small. The residents and visitors to Dublin 7 have tasted, shared, remembered, journaled, considered and imagined while tasting, mixing, cooking and talking with us. This community of eaters has shaped the artwork and continue to direct Grown Home. Thank you to all these culinary artists.

From 2017–2020 Grown Home participated in a wide number of local events in the Grangegorman neighbouhood. These include:

  • Stoneybatter Pride of Place Committee/ Stoneybatter Festival
  • Grown Home kitchen on the 25 June 2017 as part of the Stoneybatter Festival, Manor Street
  • Grown Home stock on 19 September 2018 as part of Culture Night in Rathdown House, Grangegorman Campus,TU Dublin
  • Grown Home yard on 23 June 2019 in the GIY area, Manor Street
  • Grown Home salon on 20 Sep 2019 on Grangegorman Campus, TU Dublin.

Associated professionals – Seaneen Sullivan, Bord Fáilte Food Ambassador and Brian Clarke – Digital Photographer.

All images courtesy of Clare Anne O’Keefe.

GROWN HOME Press Release | view here


    Clare Anne O’Keefe

    Clare is a food designer and member of the Irish Food Writers Guild. She is the creator of collaborative food and drinks events set within an Arts context including a series of interactive dinners for Dublin’s Science Gallery. Other collaborations include PROBE, (TCD), where she developed a cooking demo of insect pollinated dishes with Dr. Jane Stout, Art Meat Flesh at the Smock Alley Theatre with Oran Catts and Centre for Genomic Gastronomy, The Subnatural and Monto with Bridget O’Gorman and Climate Change Curated Dinner with Dr. Shaun O’Boyle. Clare Anne was a co-curator of the Lunchbox series of workshops and performances at ArtBox Gallery. She has spoken at universities, food festivals and symposiums and has appeared on both RTÉ radio and television. She is currently working on a project involving culinary memory and the Irish Diaspora.

    Dr. Hilary Murray

    Dr. Murray works in liminal research and communications, has a PhD in Neuroscience and an MA in Contemporary Art Practice. After spending time in Palo Alto’s Cantor Arts Centre, she worked in the Collections department at The Irish Museum of Modern Art before becoming the RUA RED Curator in Residence. Dr. Murray directed and curated ArtBox Gallery in Dublin’s North in City (MONTO). The gallery’s focus is new media and explorative research-based work as well as academic interaction shows including The Anti-Room, DEMOCRACY (a series of performance events), and Fiona Marron, PROVING GROUND in association with the UCD Art in Science Residency and off-site projects include Intelligent Machinery at Farmleigh, Dublin and Attitude Precedes Form with Black Church Print Studio at the Library Project. ArtBox is now in a digital iteration. Dr. Murray is based at The Insight Centre, Dublin.