Open Jar Collective is a group of socially engaged artists and designers operating within co-operative principles. We believe that artistic practices can contribute meaningfully to the development of new perspectives on culture and the environment through the sharing of food, ideas and possibilities for change. Through active and creative community engagement, our work strives to empower people to take part in the growing debate about the future of our local and global food systems.
We deliver collaborative creative projects that range from hosting communal meals and staging unique pop-up events to research, workshops and exhibitions. We use food as a vehicle for bringing people together, as a common language to understand the global economic system, and as a tool for exploring people’s fundamental relationship to the land. We intend to offer sustenance on many levels, and build a stage on which to discuss and formulate how we can feed ourselves more equitably and sustainably in Scotland.a