Marylebone creative hub, Carousel, has announced its latest line-up of workshops and experiences.
Kicking off with a shojin-ryori master class from Toshio Tanahashi, a world-renowned master of this ancient Japanese art of plant-based cooking and meditation, Carousel’s upcoming programme cements its place as one of London’s most vibrant creative hubs, playing host to an ever-changing line-up of art exhibitions, arts and crafts workshops, cookery classes and live performances, alongside its acclaimed guest chef residencies.
Food & Drink
Toshio Tanahashi’s Shojin-Ryori Weekend
Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd June
Master of the 7th century Japanese art of shojin-ryori, Toshio Tanahashi returns to Carousel for a third visit. This time he’ll be sharing the fundamentals of this Buddhist plant-based style
of cooking. Shojin-ryori is all about “moving forward whilst respecting the old, and keeping oneself pure”, a spiritual experience that Toshio hopes will lead towards greater understanding of the way we view our food and our dietary habits.
The two Saturday masterclasses will focus on transforming cooking into a form of meditation and mindfulness, teaching students to respect the ingredients and listen to ‘the silent voice of vegetables’, while on Sunday Toshio will demonstrate the practice of gomasuri meditation, before inviting guests to enjoy a selection of his favourite dishes, including his signature sesame tofu, which he painstakingly grinds by hand using a traditional suribachi and surikogi.
Toshio Tanahashi’s shojin-ryori masterclasses are priced at £79, the Sunday meditation & lunch is priced at £55. Tickets are available here.
The Oxford Cultural Collective present: ‘Migrations: All Our Voices’ with Romy Gill & Baroness Sayeeda Warsi
Monday 17th June
The Oxford Cultural Collective, an international initiative that promotes a better understanding of food and drink, are partnering with Carousel for the launch of ‘Migrations: All Our Voices’, a new series of talks celebrating cultural difference as a positive and defining characteristic of British culinary culture. The year-long series will explore how food, drink and hospitality can give voice to those from different communities and be used to break down barriers and build understanding.
The launch event will comprise of a special dinner with Romy Gill MBE, whose inimitable West-Bengal-meets-the-West-Country style has earned her widespread critical acclaim. Romy is joined by guest speaker, Baroness Sayeeda Warsi, one of the UK’s most powerful advocates for the interests of those in migrant communities.
Tickets are priced at £75 and include dinner, drinks and the chance to mingle with some of the industry’s biggest names. Tickets are available here.
BBQ Masterclass with Carousel
Saturday 22nd June & Saturday 27th July
This first ever BBQ masterclass hosted by the Carousel team will teach guests the art of “next level” barbecuing. The workshop will include hands-on lessons in mastering the techniques of smoking, marinating and grilling meats to perfection, followed by a step-by-step guide to creating the ultimate BBQ accompaniments, including home-made flatbreads, chimichurri and a summer salad.
The workshop will take place in the Carousel garden. Tickets are priced at £75 and including the chance to sit down and enjoy the fruits of your labours over lunch. Tickets are available here.
Pasta Making with Carousel
Saturday 29th June
Carousel’s team of chefs will be hosting another of their ever-popular pasta making workshops. Guests will have the chance to knead, roll and shape two of Carousel’s signature pasta doughs (classic egg and simple semolina) before learning how to cook up a tasty
traditional sugo from scratch. The workshop ends with a glass of wine and the opportunity for guests to tuck into their freshly made garganelli, while also taking home a cavatelli board and a box of fresh pasta.
Tickets are priced at £55 including the workshop and lunch. Tickets are available here.
terra incognita by Andrea C Morley
Thursday 16th May – Sunday 16th June
As part of Photo London’s public programme, Carousel will be playing host to London-based photographic artist Andrea C. Morley’s latest exhibition, terra incognita, which “explores a symbiosis of physical and psychical geography though visceral, aesthetic, intuitive and emotional expression”. Using vintage film stock, which is threatened by obsolescence, Morley captures wild and geographically important landscapes, with as much care put into the method of her photography as selecting the land she photographs.
Viewings by appointment only – please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Frieze Academy Masterclass
Friday 7th June
Headed up by Amira Gad, Curator of Exhibitions and Architecture at the Serpentine Gallery, and Eleanor Nairne, Curator at the Barbican Art Gallery, this Freize Academy Masterclass will teach guests ‘How to Curate an Exhibition’. This full day workshop covers what the role of a curator means, how it’s evolved over time and the different approaches to curation including its challenges and best practices based on real-life case studies.
Earlybird tickets are priced at £100 and cover the full day workshop, tea, coffee and lunch. Tickets are available here.
London Terrariums Workshop
Monday 3rd June & Saturday 6th July
Emma Sibley from London Terrariums is back at Carousel for another hands-on indoor gardening workshop. Guests will learn all about terrariums, including the science behind these self-contained ecosystems, before making their very own to take home.
Tickets are priced at £40 or £60 depending on the size of the jar. For Saturday workshops, you have the option of heading to the Carousel restaurant for lunch. Tickets are available here.
Lizzie Thorne Flowers
Saturday 29th June
East London based florist, Lizzie Thorne, gives guests the chance to hone their green-fingered skills. In this two-and-a-half-hour floristry workshop they will learn about colour palettes, shape pairing and other key floristry techniques, heading off with a beautiful bouquet and the knowledge to create more at home.
Tickets are priced at £45 with the option of lunch in the restaurant after the workshop. Tickets are available here.
Calligraphy for the New and Curious
Saturday 6th July
In this introductory class to the art of Modern Calligraphy, stationer and illustrator Alice Gabb introduces beginners to the principles of good technique and basic nib knowledge. Starting with some practice exercises, guests will then move on to essential letterforms, learning how to write their own names or a favourite quote by the end of the session in Alice’s distinctive style.
Tickets are priced at £55 with the option of lunch in the restaurant after the workshop. Tickets are available here.
Wild Life Drawing
Monday 15th July
This unique life-drawing workshop has guests sketching all manner of unusual creatures instead of more traditional two-legged subjects. Artist and animal lover, Jennie Webber, will give guests a ‘how to’ on sketching animals while wildlife experts will be on hand to talk about the animals’ habitat and distinct characteristics. This session will be looking at Animals of the Galapagos.
Tickets are priced at £27.50 with 10% of the ticket going to an animal welfare charity. Tickets are available here.