The first season of events at Walmer Yard will look at contemporary domesticity and how technology is changing our domestic behaviours.
The home is a fundamental aspect of all our lives. It provides
security, shelter, and a place for the everyday activities of life – eating,
sleeping, socialising, working, relaxing – to take place. Our homes are tightly
tied into our identities, being a place we can shape our environments. They act
as a bridge between the private and the social.
But what influence is modern technology having on this? Are we developing a new concept of domestic space? And how is it changing our domestic
At Walmer Yard we have a home that is like no other. A group of houses which eschew the impact of modern technologies and invite us to slow down
and to contemplate.
The first season of events, entitled Domesticity, will investigate how the way in which we live is changing through offering the chance to slow down and experience. We will critique the established concept of home rather than reaffirming it and question what home means when technology is changing its very nature.
The first in Walmer Yard
and Natoora’s Supper Club series, this unique night will merge great food and
quality produce in the architectural setting of Walmer Yard with conversations
around domesticity and the home.
The first season of
events at Walmer Yard takes a look at contemporary domesticity and how
technology is changing our domestic behaviours. In a world where how we consume
food is changing, where kitchens are becoming smaller, and we turn to apps like
Deliveroo and UberEats for our food, this slow dinner will open up
conversations about the future of how we eat in the home.
Natoora’s selection of produce will explore the seasonality of the food we eat as their growers guide guests through the intensity of end of season winter produce to the delicate flavours of new spring growth with a five course meal that captures the incredible flavour combinations that a slower approach to seasonality brings.
Hosted by Natoora’s British Sourcing Expert Paddy Plunkett and Keeper of Walmer Yard Laura Mark, guests will be joined by speakers who will add to the lively conversation with their wealth of knowledge on both architecture and food.
Oli Baker is Natoora’s outdoor rhubarb grower at Mora Farm in Cornwall. Oli supplies Natoora with soft fruit, outdoor rhubarb and root vegetables through Good Earth Growers, their organic growing project in Cornwall. Inspired by the no till, no pesticide philosophy of Japanese farmer Masanobu Fukuoka, Oli treats his quarter-acre fields as small gardens – letting biodiversity flourish and nurturing the soil for the future. Oli’s incredible fruit and vegetables prove that growers can produce at a higher volume without the need to sacrifice sustainability, flavour or craftsmanship.