The Centre for Innovative and Radical Fishmongery (CIRF) is an organisation that works to explore how fishmongery can intersect with art, individuals and society.


CIRF works with experts and non-experts to initiate debate and produce events.







CIRF is run by artist and fishmonger, Sam Curtis and works with a broad set of contributors from various sectors and walks of life. CIRF draws on the experience and skills of it's advisory board to help direct it's projects.



Sam Curtis - Sam trained as a fishmonger at Harrods department store for two years whilst studying for his MFA at Goldsmiths College.


Advisory board

Nathaniel Pitt - Nathaniel is a gallerist, curator and artist. He is Director of Division of Labour and has facilitated many exhibitions nationally and internationally.


Steven Bell - Steve is a young fishmonger who has won several awards. He can be found in Penzance's Fish Boutique run by Stevenson of Newlyn. Steve is a master block-man with sharp knife skills. He is also pretty good at creating displays and drawing fish.


Esther Collins - Esther is a cheesemonger, artist and coordinator. She has worked for a cheese company at Borough Market, Turner Contemporary, SPACE, The National Portrait Gallery and Bow Arts Trust.














CIRF has been generously supported by:


  • Division of Labour
  • Cornwall Autonomous Zone
  • Eastside Projects
  • The National Federation of Fishmongers
  • Harrods



CIRF has been covered by the press and you can read or listen here:


BBC Radio WM


Illustrated Brum


Bad At Sports


Gin and Innovation - Podcast




Huffington Post


The Flaneur



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