The Bakery


We make dough, we talk, we rest, we ferment, we bake and break bread.

This is a day-long platform for communal dialogue, action and rest. A temporary bakery where everyone makes a loaf of their very own ancient grain sourdough bread.

Taking place within a particular community and focusing on a specific theme relevant to that context, the process offers a facilitated space to slow down, exchange and create alongside others.

The practice has evolved in response to the daily realities of living under advanced capitalism; rising inequality, increased isolation and the relentless push towards anxiety driven hyper-productivity. We are encouraged to produce and consume, but rarely to digest. The day-long baking dialogue is about finding that space; to digest ideas, experiences and bread.

TBOSI was developed by Leo Kay in 2017/18 at a.pass artists research institute. Since 2018 The Bakery of Slow Ideas - Baking Dialogues have taken place across Europe and the UK, including Theatre ann Zee Festival (Belgium), Ponderosa Arts Centre (Germany); Exfadda cultural hub (Italy) and across Derby for Derby Rises (UK).

In 2021 we collaborated with Derby Theatre, Cambridge Junction, Roeshill Theatre and Effeito Terra (Italy) to host bakeries within a wide range of community contexts, more to come in 2022. 

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