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Art Fund Cooks Up A Clever Way To Help UK Museums and Galleries

above: Photographs by Maja Smend, food styling by Kim Morphew, prop styling by Lydia Brun

A new fundraising initiative from the Art Fund encourages art lovers to create edible masterpieces with all funds raised going toward helping UK museums and galleries.

Asking the public to combine their love of food and art, they are encouraging you to get together with your friends, family or colleagues on Friday 9 May to see who can make the most amazing edible creation inspired by your favorite work of art or cultural icon, while raising money for the Art Fund.

above: Photograph by Maja Smend, food styling by Kim Morphew, prop styling by Lydia Brun

You could decorate a cake to look like a contemporary artwork, bake a biscuit that resembles an Old Master painting or make a pie inspired by a landmark building. If you’re not a dab hand in the kitchen, don’t worry. You can recreate a whole host of artworks with uncooked ingredients, such as vegetables, fruit or cheese.

above: an sugar cube arrangement inspired by Rachel Whitehead's Embankment, Photograph by Maja Smend, food styling by Kim Morphew, prop styling by Lydia Brun

For inspiration, take a look at these edible artworks along with the links to the recipes:
Here's the recipe for the Hirst Skull cake
Here's the recipe for the Mondrian Battenburg.
Here's the recipe for the Jackson Pollock-Inspired Krispy Treats
Here's the recipe for the Wedgewood Shortbread
Here's the recipe for the Sarah Lucas-inspired Gingerbread
Here's the recipe for the Vincent Van Gogh Ploughman's deli platter

Sign up for their free information pack, which contains recipes, stickers, a poster and fundraising tips. You could raffle off the cakes, organize a private view or hold a bake sale – the choice is yours! Once you've raised your funds, you can either send them back the tear-off slip included in your pack or simply pay in online.

The Art Fund also provides you with downloads for your own event, such forms, invitations, posters and how to make a rosette to honor your creative cooks:

All funds raised will help to support museums and galleries to buy and show great art for everyone – from Picassos at the National Museum Wales and Constables at Tate, to the Staffordshire Hoard in Birmingham and Stoke, and Titians at the National Galleries of Scotland.

They are encouraging people to take lots of photos and post them on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #ediblemasterpieces – they will be sharing their favourites. Have fun!

Everyone who sends them the donations they have raised by the 30th of June 2014 will be entered into a competition – the top 25 fundraisers will have the chance to win: a Travel Editions UK cultural short break for two (worth up to £800), an iPad mini, a £100 art voucher from Easyart and tickets to a London blockbuster exhibition, including a £25 voucher for the gallery cafe. Please read the competition terms and conditions.

Learn more about the Art Fund's Edible Masterpiece project here

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