An Edible Portion of Truth is an audio piece composed of six chapters of lively narratives exploring childhood, sexuality, the hardships of adulthood and troubles of getting old. This audiobook is part of Cubitt's Saturday Socials commissioning programme.

Ings (Holding, Shaking, Gazing, Net-Working) & An Edible Portion of Truth are two artworks created in parallel by Lucy Steggals & Ania Bas in collaboration with Islington residents.

Ings (Holding, Shaking, Gazing, Net-Working) is a series of relational objects that you are invited to make yourself using everyday materials. These can then be used to create new ways of experiencing your home environment.

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  1. Holding
  2. Shaking
  3. Gazing
  4. Net-Working

An Edible Portion of Truth is an audio work by artist Ania Bas developed through conversations with users of Islington’s Home Library Service. It consists of stories told by Boots Bantock, Douglas Dabb, Adeline Defalco, Valentina Dunmow, Leslie Kent, June Pile, Patricia Grace Slark and Phil Wildman.

Please note that in some of the recordings explicit language is used. Recordings were made in an informal, familiar setting amongst all adult friends. The conversations were not scripted but followed narrative prompts. This work aims to share some of the joy of those interactions and bring the participants’ voices to a wider audience.

The audiobook is part of Cubitt's Saturday Socials commissioning programme which aims to create more social connections between older Islington residents. The project was developed in parallel with INGS (holding, shaking, gazing, networking) by artist Lucy Steggals in 2018. INGS is a series of four relational objects designed in collaboration with Saturday Socials, a creative group who meet weekly/remotely through Cubitt. 

These projects are part of the Saturday Socials programme is a partnership project with Cubitt, Lucy Steggals, All Change and North London Cares, funded by Islington Giving and Arts Council England. The Saturday Socials programme aims to create more social connections between older Islington residents, and in 2017 Cubitt developed a new partnership with Islington’s Home Library Service to develop new ways to do this.

The works on this page were commissioned by Cubitt as part of their Going Places programme funded through Arts Council England’s Celebrating Age.

Photographs by Zoe Maxwell.

With thanks to:

Charlene Sandy, Outreach Coordinator, Cubitt

Kim Obeney, Community Access Senior Librarian, Islington Libraries

Tony Brown, Stock and Reader Development Manager, Islington Libraries

Esther Collins, Programme Manager: Elders and Community, Cubitt

All the staff and volunteers at: Ash Court Sheltered Housing

Duval House, Sheltered Housing and Highbury New Day Centre

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