Apocalypse Chow: A Feast at the End of the World
by Laura Callaghan
An exhibition & feast at Hen’s Teeth in partnership with Tanqueray
15-20th September 2023
Hen’s Teeth & Laura Callaghan present APOCALYPSE CHOW: an immersive installation & series of dinners imagining a feast at the end of the world, in partnership with Tanqueray. Apocalypse Chow is an exhibit at Hen’s Teeth gallery where everything has been designed by leading Irish artist & illustrator Laura Callaghan.
Her intricate watercolour, gouache and pen imagery can be seen across everything in this Bacchanalian inspired tablescape and installation.
“I've taken inspiration from the fifteen signs of doomsday, popularised in the Middle Ages which chronicle the bizarre events that are said to occur a fortnight before the end of the world.These new works combine my two main interests: food and nihilism and explore mediums like ceramics, screen printed textiles, watercolour work and silk banners.” - Laura Callaghan, artist.
Lorna Begley, Marketing Manager Spirits at Diageo added “We are delighted to be partnering with Laura Callaghan and Hen’s Teeth for this one-of-a-kind experience. The Tanqueray brand invites people to Live Magnificently by actively choosing to make the moment, right now, as special as it can be. Imagining what a feast at the end of the world could look like is magnificent encapsulation of this attitude and the experience promises to be a very memorable one”.
In the exhibit, Laura explores modern day concerns about climate change and digital surveillance come to life on the page in a riot of colour and chaos. In one piece, a lone figure sits in a custom car interior seemingly unaware of the disasters taking place outside, in another an oneiric dinner party takes place.Pieces in the exhibition represent an alternative, tongue in cheek list of signs which culminate in a celebration of the end: a lavish banquet table replete with custom tableware and textiles which conjures up the ecstasy and freedom of Bacchanalia to face the Apocalypse.
The show also includes larger format works, which encourage the viewer to examine the intricate details and create their own narrative within the work. Attendees are welcome to pull up a pew at the banquet table to become fully immersed in the show.For those looking to dine at this feast at the end of the world - a series of ticketed dinners will take place as part of the exhibition programme. The five course menu features lavish dishes by Hen’s Teeth head chef Dylan Mullen paired with delicious Tanqueray cocktails.
The exhibition is open to the public to view from 12-6pm on Friday, 15th September until Wednesday, 20th September inclusive. Tickets for the three course feast on the evenings of Friday, Saturday & Sunday are available via EventBrite.With thanks to Tanqueray for their unshakable attention to quality and their support in making this exhibition possible.
Where: Hen’s Teeth, Blackpitts, Dublin 8, D08A9FD
Opening night: 6pm, Thursday, 14th September
Exhibition open to the public: 12-6pm, Friday, 15th September-Wednesday, 20th September
Ticketed dinners: Friday, 15th-Sunday 17th, September. €55 for five-courses including a complimentary cocktail pairing
All available to buy at Hen's Teeth and online at from 14th September www.hensteethstore.com
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