Behind Closed Doors Opens in Northampton
United Nations data which shows that 4.2 million people between 2014 and 2016 were living in severe food insecurity was highlighted at a national exhibition this week. The ‘Behind Closed Doors’ exhibition has been brought to the county by Northamptonshire Food Poverty Network in partnership with the Royal & Derngate theatre and the national End Hunger UK campaign.
‘Behind Closed Doors’ is the result of collaborative efforts between photographers Ursula Kelly, Huw Nicholls and James Lane, alongside graphic artist and academic Jon May. The exhibition aims to raise awareness of the nature, scale, causes and experiences of food insecurity in the UK today.
The exhibition is touring the UK before ending in the House of Commons on World Food Day, Tuesday 16 October, 2018. It launched at the Royal & Derngate theatre on Monday 8 October and was well attended by various members of the local Northamptonshire community.
Introduced by Trustee of Northamptonshire Community Foundation, Hassan Shah, alongside Rachel McGrath of Northamptonshire Food Poverty Network, attendees were invited to explore the images and information panels that highlight the issue of food poverty that still exists in Britain. Those in attendance were also asked to sign a postcard addressed to their MPs asking them to support a call to measure food insecurity across the UK.
Hassan Shah said: “I pinch myself that it’s 2018, I’m in Northampton, in England and we have to support an exhibition to highlight the plight of children who don’t have enough food to eat. It just beggars belief. It’s just astonishing.”
Pindy Chahal, of the Northampton Sikh Community Centre and Youth Club stated: “Seeing this exhibition really hit home the extent of the problem.” She added: “We’d like to promote school holiday clubs where youngsters come and do heritage workshops, art and indoor sport in our community centre. We will provide hot food and we’d also be able to send dry food donations home with them.”
To find out more about the exhibition, please visit http://endhungeruk.org/exhibition/.