Market Faces

Market Faces

I spent three days meeting, chatting about food (and Arsenal) with traders who sell, make and serve food on Chapel Market, and drawing their portraits. Each portrait is drawn on packaging from that trader - not the packaging they give to customers, but the packaging from where they source the food.⁠

As such the final works show a local trader and (often) global food systems. ⁠

I've spent my whole life going to Chapel Market - and used to park in the siansburys car park most Friday afternoons after school with my mum and brother to do the weekly shop - so it was wonderful to have a show @whiteconduitprojects_london right on that street!⁠


The show then went on to be shown at the Islington Museum, with Curator Sarah Guzman uncovering wonderful new information about some of the locations on the market that featured in the show. 

"No. 76 - Green Valley Grocers
Built in the 1790s, No. 76 was originally used as housing. At the time, Chapel Street ended at No. 91, past which was undeveloped land. Since then, the area has been built up, and very little of the original building remains intact.
In 1890, Sainsbury’s opened a branch at No. 76 - one of four in Chapel Market. This branch remained open until 1965, when a self-service Sainsbury’s opened nearby. From 2020, it has been home to Green Valley Grocers, a branch of the London-based Lebanese and Middle Eastern grocery chain."
It feels like I have only just dipped my toe in with this work and that Chapel Market as a subject for a longer form project could tell stories of food systems past, present and future.

Huge thanks to all the participants:

Yildirim on hashbrown bag Millennium cafe, 25 Chapel Market

Kaka on shrimp box Pure Fisheries market Stall

Berkay and Oscar on coffee bean sack Chapel Market Roastery, 4 Chapel Market

Nabeel on mango box Grown by nature, 76 Chapel Market

Serkan on okra box Chapel Market Fruit and Veg, 72 Chapel Market

Ashik on yogurt bucket Delhi Grill, 21 Chapel Market

Liv on flour sack Livs baked Goodies, farmers market stall

Keith on clear polythene bag Wetlands Farm, farmers market stall

John on plastic fruit punnet Fruit and veg market stall

David (Twydell) on plastic fruit punnet Fruit and veg market stall

David (Jackson) on plastic fruit punnet Fruit and veg market stall Unknown on recycled fruit punnet Fruit farm, farmers market stall

Aurelia on recycled mushroom punnet Merit Mushrooms, farmers market stall

M N Safa on vegetable oil can and plastic spice bag Indian veg bhelpoori house, 92-93 Chapel Market

Pip on polystyrene cheese box Little Hicce pizza, 99 Chapel Market

Adrian on plastic rice bags Real Paella market stall

Yalcin on wooden cheese wheel Cheese sandwich market stall

Anna and Klara on cardboard cheese packaging Hollismead dairy, farmers market stall

Ellie on recycled egg box Brambletye Fruit Farm, farmers market stall

Feng Lin on cardboard box Anji Orient, 23 white Conduit Street


Thanks to the wonderful project team:

Yuki Miyake – White Conduit Projects Director and Curator 

Parris Langridge – Market Development Officer, Islington Council

Oliver Geraghty – Videographer 


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