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Tastes of Sailortown workshops

Sailortown, Belfast

Inspired by the stories told by former residents of the tastes of Sailortown’s past, and by what current residents want to eat, artist Thomas Wells has developed the Tastes of Sailortown, a series of workshops for participants of all ages. He has been working with young people at Clanmil Housing Association and, together with food educator Clare McQuillan, will deliver two workshops for adults that will explore food preparation and knowledge. Through the adult and children’s workshops, a ‘signature dish for Sailortown’ will be developed.

Do you live in or near Sailortown and would you like to take part in two free evening workshops on the 8th and 15th of May (6-7pm)? You will learn about local ingredients, Sailortown’s flavours of the past and present, food preparation, and begin to create a signature dish. Get in touch with us at to let us know, as places are limited. All materials will be provided and refreshments will be served.

On the 25th May, as part of the Belfast Maritime Festival, Tom, Clare and Household will host a free flavour-focused public event at the Mission To Seafarers (Princes Dock Street, 2-5pm), inviting visitors of all ages to sample this dish and some of the ‘edible stories’ created by the people of Sailortown. Clare will talk more about her work as a forager and we will screen food and cooking-related footage from the NI Screen digital archive. 

About the artists

Tom is interested in the intersections between work and life and how experiences influence personal narratives. Hailing from Manchester, having studied in Glasgow and now based in Belfast, his work examines how the post-industrial city and working-class culture shapes identity and can preserve and support alternative and sustainable ways of living.

Together with Household and other collaborators, he is currently exploring questions around the use and production of food; eating as an activity that has social and political implications; and how taste experiences can connect people to memory, fantasy, history, community, and society.

Clare is a freelance forager, food educator and chef who is interested in experimental tastes, eating sustainably and encouraging others to engage with nature through food.

This project is made possible thanks to the support of Sailortown Regeneration, Clanmil Housing Association, Mission to Seafarers, NI Screen, and The National Lottery Awards for All Northern Ireland. Tastes of Sailortown is part of Household’s public programme Flesh and Stone, which is generously supported by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation.