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January 31, 8:30am • Site Gallery •

Rene Meijer AKA Food Works

“Food has value and so do you.”

Rene Meijer AKA Food Works was first inspired to start Food Works Sheffield – until recently, known as Real Junk Food Project – four and a half years ago. He wanted to make a positive contribution to society, and do something about a third of food going to waste.“If food waste was a country, it would be the third biggest carbon creator in the world. Yet one in six people find themselves going hungry.”Food Works takes food that would otherwise end up in landfill and makes sure it doesn’t go to waste. Through their warehouse market, their bistro nights or their buffets for weddings and events Food Works saves tonnes of food and drink from the bin each year.“People struggle to engage with the food we provide if we call it waste, so we call it surplus.”Food isn’t always out of date or unsellable, often it’s merely a result of poor planning or logistics by the supermarkets, and because of the cost of logistics, the cheapest option is to throw it away.Food Works’ warehouse is sometimes filled with expensive whiskey or fancy chocolates – online shopping orders that the customer wasn’t at home to accept. That food is then available to anyone who would like it, at a price they choose based on what they can afford.“You can’t just ask poor people to have the leftovers. We are not a poverty organisation.”Rene finds using surplus food to feed poor people disrespectful, he believes people, and the food they eat, has value, and that we shouldn’t expect those les fortunate to eat what isn’t wanted. At Food Works’ bistro nights the surplus produce taken in by Food Works is used to create fine dining menus, to be enjoyed by all.For Rene, there’s two things he wants the CM Sheffield crowd to take home from his talk. 1) a croissant for later, because there’s some leftover. 2) For people to rethink who they are in Sheffield. Are you a consumer or are you a citizen of the community? The choices you make are citizen choices, if you think about it that way you may make different choices.“We’re all so programmed into having choice and abundance. We very easily forgot what the impact of those choices are. Choice isn’t free”Words by Molly McGreevy.

Jo Wingate AKA Founder And Director Of Sensoria Festival

Dive in movies at 1930s lidos, projections on some of Sheffield’s most loved historical buildings, exhibitions from the city’s favourite artists…it must be Sensoria Festival time again.

Jo Wingate AKA Sensoria Fest Founder and Director is up early with Sheffield’s creatives for the first event on the festival’s 2019 programme and the first talk of the new #cmsheffield season.We’re gathered at Kommune, a food hall/bar/gallery/book shop in Sheffield’s old Co-Operative building, to hear how the city’s festival of music, film and digital has grown in 27 years.From a small idea inspired by the city – the festival’s name comes from a track from Sheffield band Cabaret Voltaire – Sensoria has become an internationally renowned event with a programme packed with arts, digital, music, film, exhibitions and more.Since the beginning, Sensoria has been infused into Sheffield. Famed for bringing events to some of the city’s most loved, yet often forgotten, venues, Sensoria has brought together the city’s favourite artists with some of its most iconic buildings in the three decades it’s been running.One landmark to get the Sensoria treatment is the Abbeydale Picture House. Each year, films are shown in the 1920s cinema, as part of the festival. But it’s not just the Picture House that has become a cinema during Sensoria. The festival has shown films at Hathersage Pool, with specialist underwater cameras fitted especially for Sensoria. City centre car parks have also played host to film screenings, with vintage cars helping to set the scene.For 2019, Sensoria’s theme is Myths and Legends. Highlights include an exhibition of portraits by Sheffield photographer Chris Saunders. A fitting theme for #cmmuse, Chris has photographed many a Sheffielder, including previous #cmsheffield speaker Magid Magid, the city’s former Lord Mayor.There are still many places still to get the Sensoria treatment, with the city’s storm drain ‘The Megatron’ on Jo’s wish list. We’ll see what happens in 2020!Words by Molly McGreevy.

Jo Wingate AKA Director and Founder of Sensoria Fest

Jo Wingate founded Sensoria Festival of Music and Film in 2008. link The Sheffield-based event quickly became renowned for presenting unique, imaginative experiences, often in unusual venues. 

Sensoria is synonymous with outdoor cinema, having hosted numerous Drive-In (and Dive-In) movies, plus cinema in settings from working law courts to disused airfields or woodland clearings. The festival has also helped musicians realise their own original ideas including presenting headphone gigs in railways stations and shop windows, radio dramas broadcast in cafes, crazy art golf and music with live art. Guests have included Jarvis Cocker, Richard Hawley, DJ Stingray, Laurie Anderson, Nitin Sawhney, Bill Drummond, John Grant, JLin, Christopher Eccleston, Julien Temple and many more.

Jo has also previously worked in independent cinema and galleries and been involved in over 25 festivals such as Shots in the Dark Crime and Thriller Festival, Sheffield Doc/Fest and Fantastic Cinema.

We are delighted to be kicking off Sensoria Fest this year with this rare personal insight to the background and build-up of the festival. As the global theme this month is #CMmuse Jo is going to talk about what inspires her including her home city and how the festival taps into and celebrates Sheffield’s talent - and its changing landscape. Sensoria fest will then run from 27th September to 5th October. Be sure to check out the lineup and get yourself along. link

We are gathering at Kommune link. Bringing together some of the most acclaimed, independent kitchens, an artisanal bakery and speciality coffee, craft brewers and design-led retailers, Kommune is a social all-day dining experience housed in a unique urban space, right at the heart of Sheffield’s old city centre. We will be coffee fuelled and pastries powered by Tamper and Depot located at Kommune.

See you there for our brand new season! #CMmuse

September is MUSE

Whether you’re a mathematician tinkering with complex equations or a musician pairing discordant notes together, searching for inspiration can often send you in circles. The longer you sit and wait for an epiphany to strike, the harder it gets to make progress. What if you could get unstuck by turning to your muse? Your muse comes from the deepest parts of your imagination and guides you to new ideas. It invites you to bring your dreams to life using the raw materials found in your daily life. Artist and director Oroma Elewa once said, “I am my own muse. I am the subject I know best. The subject I want to know better.” * The next time you want to draw out your muse, stimulate your imagination in a different context. Leave your desk, take a walk outside, read something different, observe the ordinary, or try your hand at a new recipe. Chances are your muse will come out to play. Our Dubai chapter chose this month’s exploration of and Shahul Hameed illustrated the theme. Presented around the world by our Global Partner, Mailchimp