Pop-up chip shop to serve free chips at Glasgow's SWG3 as part of The Harvest event

A pop-up chippy is coming to Glasgow this week as part of an Aproxima Arts event.

Published 21st Sep 2020
Updated 9 th Aug 2023

A pop-up chip shop is to serve up free chips in Glasgow at the culmination of a potato-based project during lockdown.

Aproxima Arts and SWG3 have announced the date for The Harvest, a socially-distant free outdoor event which is the culmination to An Empty Gunny Bag Cannot Stand, a project created by Glasgow artists Angus Farquhar and Rudy Kanhye.

The event is one of the first live events in Scotland post-lockdown.

Earlier this year, 150 brightly coloured bags were delivered to Kelvinhaugh and Kelvindale communities, each filled with soil and a batch of Maris Piper potatoes that were grown over four months of lockdown.

On Wednesday September 30, these potatoes will be used in The Harvest - a socially distant, free outdoor event to celebrate community spirit and resilience during lockdown.


The main yard of SWG3 will turn into a chip production line along a 25-metre runway in front of live audiences  over three sessions - 4pm, 6pm and 8pm.

At the end of the line, The Turbulent Tattie, a pop-up run by Glasgow-based Nomad Street Food, will serve the audiences free chips.

SWG3 director Andrew Fleming-Brown said: "Angus and Rudy have responded brilliantly to the lockdown situation, finding a truly creative and inspiring way for people to continue to work collectively in isolation.

"We are delighted to see that the project is continuing and welcome people from across Glasgow to get involved.

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"During these challenging times, it's comforting to see that the world keeps on turning - and that, despite the challenges of social distancing, community spirit has never been stronger."

Aproxima arts director Angus Farquhar said: “This is the culmination of a truly inspiring local action during lockdown. And that everyone has donated their potatoes back to give Glasgow the chips it deserves, that is medal-worthy."

Scotland Chair of The National Lottery Community Fund, Kate Still added: “In these uncertain times our priority is to ensure that National Lottery money continues to flow to charities, voluntary sector organisations and grassroots groups.

"I would like to congratulate Aproxima Arts on their Award, theirs is an important project and will support people now and in the future when they can physically come back together to make great things happen in their community.”

Free tickets for strictly up to two households per table and six people in total are now available online here.

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Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne, whisky and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind is the Food and Drink Editor and whisky writer for The Scotsman, as well as hosting Scran, The Scotsman's food and drink podcast.
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