National Exhibition on Poverty Coming to Northampton


A national exhibition highlighting food insecurity and poverty in the UK will be available for the general public to view in Northampton during October. The exhibition is being brought to the county by Northamptonshire Food Poverty Network in partnership with the Royal and Derngate Theatre.

The exhibition, which is a result of collaborative efforts between photographers Ursula Kelly, Huw Nicholls and James Lane, alongside graphic artist John Reeves and academic Jon May, aims to raise awareness of the nature, scale, causes and experiences of food insecurity in Britain today.

‘Behind Closed Doors’ is touring the UK before ending in the House of Commons on World Food Day, Tuesday 16 October 2018. The exhibition runs in Northampton between Monday 8 - Friday 12 October at the Royal & Derngate Theatre. It features a set of images taken by Ursula, Huw and James which are interspersed with a number of text panels, with information collated by Jon May and designed by John Reeves.

The exhibition kicks off with a launch event on Monday 8 October where attendees will be given the opportunity to see the images and learn more about both the exhibition and End Hunger UK’s campaign.

Everybody who attends ‘Behind Closed Doors’ will be asked to sign a postcard addressed to their MP asking them to support a call to measure household food insecurity across the UK. The exhibition is also an opportunity to begin to address the genuine need for Universal Credit reform.

Grants Director and Deputy CEO of Northamptonshire Community Foundation, Rachel McGrath, said: “By bringing the exhibition to Northamptonshire we hope to raise awareness of food insecurity in the UK in such a way that reminds us of people’s dignity and to connect with our fellow citizens affected by poverty. The exhibition is free and will be available for viewing to the general public throughout the week and we would encourage people to go along.”

Tickets for the launch event can be booked here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/behind-closed-doors-an-exhibition-on-food-insecurity-in-the-uk-northampton-tickets-49477522602

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