Saturday, 26 April 2008

NO CHIPS in International Year of the Potato!

You may be aware that 2008 is the International Year of the Potato - the media has been full of potato related stories and information - including how potatoes can help alleviate world food shortage and feed the poor better than rice and wheat. But the Year of the Potato does not include the chip! How can this be? Surely the traditional, well loved and staple potato food that is the chip should have a place in the Year of the Potato? When one in four British potatoes are made into chips it's extraordinary that there's no chips allowed in the IYP - that's one and a quarter million tonnes of British potatoes excluded from the Year of the Potato! Chips have been a traditional way to provide cheap, hot, convenient and nutritious food - high in carbohydrate and vitamin C - since the 1830s - surely worth a mention in the Year of the Potato?

Tuesday, 17 July 2007

Chip Sign

Illuminated Chip Sign, with Chip Heraldry.
Installed outside Transition Gallery for the duration of the E8 exhibition

Saturday, 30 June 2007

chips beautiful chips

Michele took these gorgeous photos on the chip shop tour

Monday, 25 June 2007

Chip shop tour photos now online

Check out for more photos of the chip shop tour of E8.

Friday, 22 June 2007

Left over chips anyone?

I couldn't bring myself to put these in the bin..... but not sure I'll be eating them this morning either (note the beautiful poke, wrapped by the masters at the Golden Star)

Wednesday, 20 June 2007

Chip Shop Tour Tomorrow Night

Dear all,

We would like to invite you to join us for the Chip Shop Tour of E8, this Thursday 21st June. The tour is part of 'E8: The Heart of Hackney', the current exhibition at Transition Gallery.

The tour will lead you to chip shops you never new existed and to well known favourites; exploring the area of E8 through an examination of its chippies. Observe the variety of Formica ‘ranges’, look out for the flying dolphin wallpaper, or meet the Golden Star's Fryer - he thinks all chips are terrible – but possibly creates the best chips in E8!

Along the way sample the fare in one of our three specially designed commemorative chip paper wrappers. Witness live the under-rated art of chip wrapping and poke-folding.

Read our Chip Shop Stories and view the chip photo archive here on our blog, find out more about us at

This event is also part of Architecture Week 2007 (more info at

Meet at 7pm at Transition Gallery, for a prompt start.

Hope to see you there!

Clare, Serena and Gail

ps the walk will take approximately two and a half hours

Transition Gallery
2nd Floor
Unit 25a Regents Studios
8 Andrews Road
London E8

Nearest tube is Bethnal Green
Nearest over ground is Cambridge Heath or London Fields
You can take any bus that goes to Hackney, along Mare Street, e.g. number 55 or 48