What’s on at GULP this summer!

Gulp is a creative dining room founded by food and sensory artist Kaye Winwood in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter. She programs events and activities for curious appetites with a desire for unique experiences. Here’s a line-up of the delicious events popping at Gulp in August/September 2022.

Drink, Draw (& Dine)

4 August 7.30-9.30pm

Gulp is teaming up with the brilliant hostess Flic Blades for a very special edition of Drink & Draw. This food-focussed session is sure to satisfy an appetite for creativity using food as both an art material and a source of inspiration. The edible table design can be devoured by the participants as part of the event. 

This unique experience is £25 and includes a complimentary drink, all materials and an edible landscape. Unfortunately, on this occasion, dietary allergies cannot be catered for.

Limited availability, tickets here

Jewellery Quarter/Gulp; Saturday 17 September, 11am-2pm

GLISTEN provides a fabulous opportunity to join acclaimed artist Tom Hicks (aka Black Country Type), the award-winning poet Liz Berry, and sensory artist Kaye Winwood for a unique, creative workshop fusing together photography, food and poetry.

This three part event will focus on the overlooked objects and architecture that we walk past every day; tuning our senses to the neglected beauty that can often be found in abandoned things if only we hold our nerve and gaze.

Starting in a secret location, guests will take a photo-walk around the historic Jewellery Quarter led by artist Tom Hicks. Attendees should bring a camera or smartphone to document their finds. 

The participants will then head to Gulp – a private dining room founded by artist Kaye Winwood – where Tom Hicks will talk about his practice and invite the participants to share the images they’ve taken.. 

Kaye Winwood will present a sensory response to the Jewellery Quarter and talk through these interpretations, inviting participants to taste and smell together.   

Finally, Liz Berry will lead a poetry workshop, using maps, words and image to create new meanings. 

GLISTEN will be a feast for the eyes, minds and senses. No previous experience of photography or creative writing is needed for this event, just a curious appetite.

£35 Tickets here – price includes guided walk, tasting/refreshments, poetry workshop over 3 hours

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Liz Berry’s first book of poems, Black Country (2014), is a ‘sooty, soaring hymn to her native West Midlands’ (The Guardian) and received a Somerset Maugham Award, the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Award and Forward Prize for Best First Collection (2014). Her pamphlet The Republic of Motherhood (2018) was a Poetry Book Society Pamphlet Choice and the title poem won the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem (2018).

Tom Hicks is the artist behind the documentary photography project Black Country Type. His work explores the post-industrial landscape of the region, focusing on words, typography, handmade lettering and signs. His work has been published and exhibited widely, most recently in the photobook I.D.S.T (2020) and a solo exhibition at Wolverhampton Art Gallery (2020).

Liz Berry and Tom Hicks have recently collaborated on The Dereliction (2021), a love letter to the post-industrial landscapes of the Black Country. 

Mangia! Mangia! Supperclub is a taste of Italian right here in the heart of Birmingham. Taste the fresh Italian produce straight from Matt’s allotment as well as the likes of  ‘Zuppa Inglese’ – an Italian inspired trifle, with vanilla custard, chocolate custard, cake and home-made Alchermes.

Founder Matt O’Callaghan is a cook, grower, writer and teacher of food, specialising in traditional Italian and British recipes. Much of the food he cooks is grown on his own Birmingham allotment, demonstrating that you don’t have to live in Italy to grow Mediterranean food.  Mouthfuls such as Salame di cioccolato and home-made Alchermes have proved popular with our guests.

His writing has received praise from Nigella Lawson, Rachel Roddy and Diana Henry. He is currently working on a new piece for Vittles. 

Tickets available here – £50 includes welcome drink, food, and coffee/digestivo. 

Kaye Winwood has an innovative creative practice, inviting audiences to engage with unique sensory environments and objects and in Autumn 2021 she launched Gulp, a sophisticated venue perfect for curious appetites. Eclectically designed, it features a growing contemporary art collection and a feature wall inspired by 17th Century Dutch painting. Gulp is sure to impress and make any occasion memorable.

GULP – the first UK space dedicated to exploring food art histories, and showcasing innovation within food and sensory design through a programme of sensory dining experiences and activities.

It provides a unique space to present new ideas in creative food and sensory design, where dining and art collide to create exciting multisensory experiences; and is the first UK space dedicated to exploring food art histories, and showcasing innovation within food and sensory design through a programme of curated dining experiences, bespoke and commissioned multisensory activities, showcasing prototype product designs, talks and workshops. 

Please note that Gulp is on the first floor and only accessible by stairs.