From 17 May - 30 June 2019, Open Space will take over AMP Gallery in Peckham to create an ‘art cafe’ where everything – from the food to the furniture and the tableware – is both a functional object and an artwork. Blurring the lines between the gallery, the studio and the dining room, Tender Touches will host a series of talks, supper clubs and performances, taking place among new commissions by a group of international emerging artists.Drawing on the food-based practice of Portuguese artist and co-curator of the exhibition, Inês Neto dos Santos, the exhibition aims to bring people together through food, using it as a catalyst for conversation and debate. The food menu, designed and cooked by Neto dos Santos, will be inspired by her interest in sustainable food practices such as preservation and fermentation.Guests will be invited to engage in a multi-sensory experience through the artworks as everyday objects , and to engage with food as they might view art. By encouraging a multi-sensory experience, the exhibition dissolves barriers between the audience and the art, while exploring the overarching themes of the body, flesh and physical boundaries.The exhibition, co-curated by Huma Kabakci and Inês Neto dos Santos, will encompass a public programme of both free and ticketed events, ranging from supper clubs to artist performances. Tender Touches forms part of Open Space’s new, annually recurring exhibition series, Edible Goods, that will explore food as a medium in contemporary art. A further eleven international artists will create new commissions that make up every element of the cafe: tables by Coco Crampton (U.K.); ceramic crockery by Bea Bonafini (Italy); cutlery by Lindsey Mendick (U.K.); napkins by Sofia Stevi (Greece); candle holders by Clementine Keith-Roach ; wallpaper by Marco Palmieri (Italy); paintings by Magda Skupinksa (Poland); trays by Pixy Liao (China); bibs by Paloma Proudfoot (U.K.) and aprons by Cecilia Charlton (U.K.) and Goia Mujalli (Brazil).