PS² Freelands Artist programme (2021-2022)
Phillip McCrilly is a Belfast-based artist, curator and chef. Previously a co-director at Catalyst Arts, he is currently a member of FRUIT SHOP; a collective of Belfast-based artists operating within a suburban residential café that merge food production and grassroots growing initiatives with local food histories. Recent food-based projects include 'Jaunt' as commissioned by Catalyst Arts and Goethe Institut, 'Spiral Jetty Sauerkraut' at CCA Derry~Londonderry, ‘Dance Food’ (with Fiona Hallinan) at Project Arts Centre, Dublin, and ‘Kombucha Bar’ at Catalyst Arts, Belfast.
Interested in the transgressive and interdisciplinary possibilities of food, hospitality and education, McCrilly’s work explores the idea of threshold in often collaborative forms. Combining somatic learning with haptic processes of making, food is frequently used as a conduit for the transference of knowledge and skills. Considering cruising and foraging as likeminded deviant practices, his current research is centred around queer collective acts of land and property reclamation.