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Amps Breakfast Micro-Commissions: Haystack Monolith

The Guild of Interdisciplinary Breakfastarians by Haystack Monolith

We invited nine supporters from our Amps community to creatively capture the spirit of Amps Breakfast. This is Haystack Monolith’s response.

Haystack Monolith is a mixed-media artist, musician and time traveller. He loves having the freedom to create his own worlds with his own rules. His piece comes to us via a discovery washed up on the banks of the River Tay, sharing some insight into a creative collective who came before us.


“Whilst walking along the Fife-side of the River Tay I happened across an intriguing object sticking out of a tangle of bladder wrack. I freed it from its salty home to discover an intriguing emblem carved on to a piece of wood with the words Nexum, Civitas, Prandium.

By using a well known search engine I discovered the words were Latin: Nexum – Connection, Civitas – Community, Prandium – Breakfast.

I started to dig a little deeper with the help of a local historian. Many hours were spent over dusty manuscripts and steaming mugs of locally sourced, organic cacao. We confirmed what we were looking for, it was a woodcut for a medieval guild The Guild of Interdisciplinary Breakfastarians!

The Guild of Interdisciplinary Breakfastarians were a community of local creatives dedicated to forming connections and promoting creativity as a nutritious way to start the day.

What a coincidence!

I have endeavoured to restore this beautiful object and help keep this righteous concept alive.

We are all connected, we are all community, we all need nutrition!

NexumCivitasPrandium!”


To mark the two year milestone of meeting online each week since March 2020, we asked some Amps to create a piece of work that both reflects their practice and celebrates building community, forming connections, and the joy of Amps Breakfast!


This blog is one of several celebrating Two Years of Virtual Amps Breakfasts. Breakfast is a weekly opportunity that brings together supporters of Creative Dundee’s Amps network to chat and connect. New faces are always welcome—join Amps and come along!

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