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For Food Futures, Chez Derriere will function as an two-night pop-up art restaurant where diners are invited to join a group of inspiring artists, designers, chefs and food writers for a meal, to celebrate, discuss and imagine the future of food.

On Saturday 2 December, at Food Futures: Local Harvest, artists, and designers Adam Ben-Dror, Chris Berthelsen and Rebecca Swan will be imagining a collaborative and sustainable future, where food production is localised and driven by communities. Join us for a banquet of fresh produce sourced from backyards, abandoned parking lots and local community gardens. The vegetarian meal will be served on wood-fired ceramic serving plates and eaten with handmade cutlery, lit by lights made from foraged materials and discarded electronics and powered by old car batteries. Rebecca Swan will be presenting an immersive video installation and will be talking about ideas around the living soil web and compost.

As places are limited for both evenings, please email Felixe at chezderriere@gmail.com saying which evening you would like to book a free ticket for and one sentence about your interest in attending. Ticket allocations will be confirmed on Friday 24 November.

Adam Ben-Dror
Adam Ben-Dror is a multidisciplinary artist, designer and inventor based in Tāmaki Makaurau, Auckland. With Xin Cheng he co-runs Local Making, a neighbourhood-scaled laboratory for living and making together amongst the more-than-human Anthropocene. Adam teaches design at the University of Auckland and is a facilitator with the Compost Collective. He studied fine arts at the University of Auckland, design at Victoria University Wellington and robotics at Carnegie Mellon, Pittsburgh, USA.

Chris Berthelsen
Chris Berthelsen likes to explore environments for creative activity, resident-led modification of the everyday environment, and alternative education(s). He is based in Tāmaki Makaurau and often runs multi-layered public projects throughout Aotearoa and Japan which experiment with public/private space, Making Friends, working in public, trust and hope, and making-do with resources at hand. He is a co-founder of Activities and Research in Environments for Creativity Trust (Tāmaki Makaurau) and Tanushimaru Institute for Art Research (Fukuoka, Japan), and was Deputy-Chairperson, of the Mairangi Arts Centre Trust (Tāmaki Makaurau) (2017-2021).

Rebecca Swan
Rebecca Swan is a photographer, video artist and soil geek based in Tāmaki Makaurau. She is co-founder of Growing Point, a research education and innovation hub where they grow soil, food and community, from their base at Dignan St Community garden in Point Chevalier. Swan’s work has been published, exhibited and collected in Aotearoa and internationally. She won the S+ART award and in 2018 was awarded the Fulbright Visual Artists NZ Scholar Award.


  • Free | Booking Required


  • Sat 02 Dec


  • 6:30 pm — 8:30 pm


  • Chez Derriere
  • Parnell Project Space
  • Parnell Station
  • 35 Cheshire St, Parnell
  • Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland