Rick’s Fast Art Takeaway Day 14: UNPAID INTERNS URGENTLY REQUIRED! – #MakingWays #CityOfMakers #RicksFastArt

If you or your offspring would like to perform backbreaking, unrewarding work, Rick’s Fast Art Takeaway is hiring.

Gary is my first unpaid intern and I set him on making slices of toast to replenish the supply of beans on toast, whilst I cut more chip scoops for the Turner Fries that I award to the kids. Then I sat in the chair for a bit, watching him work.

Compressing the slices of toast after glueing.

I made my second donation today, £74.36.

I got the credit but only £5 came out of my pocket and the rest came from (mostly) people that I know, thank you.

Towards the end of my Tuesday late night opening, I was joined by two of my homies from the Archer Project kitchen whom I had been working with earlier that day. That’s Sharon and Cameron, who both do a lot more hours than me and are invaluable to the project.

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Rick’s Fast Art Takeaway day 13: Pasty or pasties? That is the question. #Making Ways #CityOfMakers #RicksFastArt

Only one visitor today, my friend and fellow artist, Eddy Dreadnought who paid over the odds for a plate of beans on toast. I am now running low on beans on toast and will have to get a fresh batch on the go.

We had a long chat about the broader conceptual elements of the takeaway, including, homelessness, inequality, waste, environmental destruction and the collapse of our ecosystem. We just laughed and laughed.

I prepped some more materials for making beans on toast, pepperoni, basil etc. Because I have started to feel the cold here, I bought two pasties from Greggs, a festive pasty and cheese and onion and scoffed them both. I knew it was a mistake, although I enjoyed them at the time. One is plenty and two gave me indigestion.

Today was the first day that the cold made me uncomfortable by the end of the day and I have resolved to close the door to the workshop from now on. I’ll have to make a sign to encourage people in.

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My name is Rick and I am a teaholic – Rick’s Fast Art Takeaway thought-for-the-day 14/11/17 #Making Ways #CityOfMakers #RicksFastArt

I have been drinking a lot of tea in the takeaway, a lot more than normal. So much so, I am making myself two mugs at a time. I should really get a bigger mug, or maybe a pot (it’s not rocket science, is it?). Currently, I only have three mugs at the takeaway and when I exceed that limit, I’ll take it to the next level.

I don’t know what it is about being in a workshop environment that is making me crave tea all the time. Maybe it’s just because it’s cold, but I am beginning to wonder if tea is a gateway beverage and it might lead to stronger things.

If that is the case, it might explain why there are so many fucking coffee shops. When did everyone start drinking so much coffee? And why is it so expensive? Maybe it’s not a cultural shift but an epidemic.

I distinctly remember a time before I knew what a latté is, that word was introduced to me by watching “Frasier”. Frasier and Niles spent a lot of time in coffee shops. I guess it’s just another American habit that has crossed the Atlantic. Like McDonalds. Like out-of-town shopping. Like foreign military interventions.

I also remember a time before disposible cups, use-once water bottles and hydraulic fracturing. What’s more, I remember a time before high street retailers’ rubbish was piled up in the streets.

But that’s progress, I suppose.

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PRESS RELEASE: Rick’s Fast Art Takeaway in Orchard Square, Sheffield until Nov 24 #MakingWays #CityOfMakers #RicksFastArt

Rick’s Fast Art Takeaway is a temporary shop in Orchard Square, Sheffield, selling “fast art” made from waste materials. The art is in the form of plates of mock food and pizzas made from cardboard and paint. Fast art can be bought ready-to-go or can be made while-u-wait. (More photos below).

Rick’s Fast Art Takeaway is a project by Sheffield artist Richard Bolam and is located in Workshop 14 on the first floor, next to Waterstones and above Costa. Open 10-5pm Mondays, 2-7pm Tuesdays & 10-5pm Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Drop in anytime for a free mini workshop for children where you can make your own paint pizza and choose your own toppings, or come for a chat with Richard about the ideas behind the project and if you bring a takeaway food wrapper, he will teach you how to make an origami butterfly. You can follow the blog here:


All takings from the sale of fast art is donated to the Archer Project, a local charity supporting homeless & vulnerable people in Sheffield.

Rick’s Fast Art Takeaway forms part of Making Ways, a new programme supported by Sheffield Culture Consortium through Arts Council England to showcase, celebrate and develop the exceptional contemporary visual art produced in the city.

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Rick’s Fast Art Takeaway Day 12: Poppies & Pizza – #MakingWays #CityOfMakers #RicksFastArt

What a day. Stuart came back to do some hard selling in the pizza suit and it really worked. I did small string of mini workshops with people that Stuart had nabbed in the street. He offered to do more later in the day but I declined as I was so tired by that point. I keep telling people, I don’t do this kind of work normally, I usually work in digital media or print and often this most taxing physical strain is sore eyes and a numb bum. This is a completely different experience for me.

Nicol (age 6 and three quarters) and Mark (age unknown).


Sister & brother age 10 and 8.

Molly (age 3).

The spin pizzas have been universally well received and it worked well with children of three, six, eight and ten years. It also seems to work well with those with more than one decade behind them. Beans on toast is the most popular meal after the spin pizzas and I used the description of its detailing to give a micro-lecture on abstraction to some of the kids. Another box ticked.

I had no takers for my drop-in poppy-making workshop, but I only thought of that close to the date when I realised Saturday was going to be Armistice Day, and only pushed it on Facebook. The debate around poppy-wearing is yet another swamp of hysteria whipped up by the media and I might discuss it more at another time. However, I am quite pleased with my prototype spin-poppies, both red and white.

Thanks Richard.

Thanks Tracey.

Thanks Jackie.

I’ll report on the unsymposium in another post.

Thanks Stuart.

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Rick’s Fast Art Takeaway Day 11: Workshops – #MakingWays #CityOfMakers #RicksFastArt

Two weeks in and I delivered my first children’s mini workshop where Ida (age 3) made a spin pizza. I showed her how to add the tomato sauce first, and then the cheese, and when I asked her what topping she would like on the one she made herself, she said “purple”.
I don’t work with children and have never given children’s workshops before but I learned something immediately. To a child’s logic, there is nothing irrational about requesting a pizza topping by colour.

Thanks Richard, friend from school days.

Thanks Aileen.

Thanks Trevor.

I have had several adults in that have asked for vegetarian or vegan pizza because they are vegetarian or vegan, but I have pointed out to each of them, it’s not real, they’re not going to eat it so they might as well have a meat feast. Or a rainbow feast.

I was born in 1964 and I remember watching television pictures of men landing on the moon for the first time. However, that is not the most striking thing about how I remember that day. To a five year old, there was nothing strange about men on the moon, I thought “The Clangers” was a documentary series. This was in the days before 24-hour tv, on-demand video and box-sets; the strangest thing I remember about that day was that the tv was on in the morning. Crazy.

I didn’t have any purple paint in a squirty bottle so we settled on adding pepperoni. I don’t know at what age pizza-topping conditioning kicks in but it’s not at three years.

Note the Turner Fries.

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Rick’s Fast Art Takeaway Day 10: Performance pizza – #MakingWays #CityOfMakers #RicksFastArt

The irrepressible Stuart Faulkner.

My friend and fellow artist Stuart Faulkner came to visit today and offered to inhabit the pizza box outfit. He is exactly the the kind of extrovert I need for this and we did a short test run where he terrorised some of the shoppers in Orchard Square. Standard British reticence did not yield immediately to Stuart’s charms but the suit works and we are going to try it more at a later date.

My mum and dad came to visit today (but I don’t seem to have a photo) and bought a Full English and beans on toast and I had another journalism student, Tom Holden, who got an article online later the same day.

Thanks Paul.

Another friend and artist Paul Evans attempted a Sarah Lucas reference making a rather vaginal stuffed pitta bread and we discussed other bread-based tropes that might be employed. I seem to be missing some photos from today. I can’t imagine I didn’t snap my mum or the suggestive digestive but they don’t seem to be on my iPhone. It will all be on the timelapse but I can’t understand what happened there. I might add some still from the timelapse later.

I primed some slides in readiness for my planned PowerPaint™ presentation at Saturday’s Unsymposium.

I’ve collected a lot more media than I can deal with, day to day, and I might add more to these blog posts after the residency finishes.

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