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Food Heritage Anthology

Callout for Submissions

Our callout is now open for creative submissions for the Our Shared Cultural Heritage (OSCH) project, Food Heritage Anthology.


If you are interested in exploring your own South Asian heritage and history through the theme of food in creative ways, then this is the project for you!


From art, photography and videos, to spoken word, family recipes and oral histories, we are looking for your creative submissions which will share on our Instagram page. Some of the submissions will also be selected to be published in a beautifully designed book later this year.


Application Deadline: Thursday 30 June 2022


Food Heritage Anthology

About the project

In this OSCH project, Manchester Museum and Karachi University are curating a collaborative and creative anthology exploring South Asian food through art, photography, poetry, videos, oral/diaspora food histories and stories, recipes, and so much more.


A range of work will be selected for inclusion in a book which will be published at the end of the project.


The project was initially inspired by a collaborative project between the State Bank Museum and Karachi University students, an element of which involved exploring the journey and food heritage stories behind a sawda (grocery) list from Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan.

Our Shared Cultural Heritage

Our Shared Cultural Heritage (OSCH) is a youth-led programme that explores the shared cultures and histories of the UK and South Asia. OSCH explores new ways for heritage and cultural organisations to become better places for young people to explore identity, connect with others and have new opportunities.


It is funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund's Kick the Dust programme and the British Council. For more information about OSCH and the organisations it works with visit the OSCH website.

How do I apply?

How do I apply?

Criteria for submissions

  • You must be between the ages of 16 - 25

  • You must be of South Asian heritage, from the UK or South Asia

  • Your submitted work must explore the theme of food, identity and heritage

  • Photography submissions: JPEG or PNG, 300 dpi resolution, max file size: 10MB

  • Poetry and prose submissions: Word document or PDF, max 500 - 1,000 words

  • Art and illustrations: JPEG or PNG, 300 dpi

  • Film and Audio: 2-3 minutes length, 720 - 1080p quality, mp3 or mp4, max file size: 100MB (if your file is larger than the size limit, please contact us to find a solution)

Any submissions from those aged 16 and 17 will need a parental consent form to be completed before their contributions are used online, and an additional parent/guardian signature will be required on the contract for those works selected to be published in the anthology.

Key dates and application forms

Application Deadline: Thursday 30 June 2022

Use of work and payments

All relevant submissions will be shared on an online platform. Any individual whose work is selected and published in the anthology will be sent a contract agreement to sign. Individuals whose work is selected to be published in the anthology will receive 50 GBP for their time (Manchester), or equivalent ~12,000 PKR (Karachi).

Get in touch

If you would like any further information or have any questions, please get in touch by email:

GDPR / Privacy notice

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Ideas and inspiration...

We welcome all types of creative submissions related to food heritage, including art, photography, videography, poetry, writing, recipes, oral histories. Here are some ideas...

Art and illustration

  • Illustrations of favourite/family dishes and the story behind their creation and connection to your family.

  • Explorations of the shared culture of tea, between Pakistani communities in Karachi and the Pakistani diaspora in Manchester e.g., tea infographics, historical tea journey maps, etc.

  • Food maps, tracking famous food dishes across Pakistan.


  • Poetry, including blackout poetry, written poetry, illustrative poetry, etc.

  • Reflection pieces, oral histories or interviews with members of families and older generations about their connection with food heritage/history.

  • Riddles about food.

  • Family/traditional recipes.

Photography and videography

  • Explorations of tea culture in Pakistani households e.g., the tea preparation in homes and Dhabas, tea shops etc; tea drinking etiquettes; famous tea brands; cutlery; kinds of cups, teapots and platters used in Manchester and Karachi for tea.

  • Meal settings e.g., aerial view of meal set ups, focusing on cutlery (or eating with hands), plates (plastic/steel) and platters, seating arrangements (table, floor etc.);  placemats (patent cultural designs), table mats, table runners and their prints etc.

  • Recipe books e.g., photography the front cover, back cover and the page holding the owner’s (e.g., grandparents, parents) favourite recipe. You can then include a short story/caption exploring how this favourite recipe came to be, bringing in the history/heritage of the dish - was it passed down, was it altered? etc.

  • Grocery stores/corner shops/markets: how different or similar are they in Karachi and Manchester?

  • Spice storage e.g., spice draws, cupboards, bottles etc. and the history behind these: what masala/spices/utensils did people bring when they immigrated?

  • Ingredients: images of ingredients from traditional/famous Pakistani dishes.

  • Budget-friendly meals: research and submit one South Asian meal/dish which can be made in a small amount of money, list all the ingredients  and their cost along with a photograph of the dish.

  • Cinematic videos of traditional dishes being cooked.

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