We Feed The UK, The Gaia Foundation
© Arpita Shah
Photo Fringe is delighted to be part of We Feed The UK, a storytelling campaign grown by The Gaia Foundation, which will weave together the arts and environment to revalorise regenerative farmers as custodians of Britain’s biocultural diversity.
The Gaia Foundation, in collaboration with arts partners including Photo Fringe, have commissioned ten photographers who can change our perspective and ten poets who can cut through the noise, to tell the stories of ten regenerative farmers across the UK. It will be a nationwide celebration with strong local flavour, launching early 2024.
Regenerative agriculture holds the key to a better future. It's at the heart of nature recovery, community cohesion and climate resilience. We Feed The UK will grow support for the practices that can heal people and planet, through a radical re-storying of regenerative farmers. This is a time-critical campaign, crucial for collective growth.
As one of the national arts partners to be collaborating with Gaia Foundation, we're pleased to be commissioning artist Arpita Shah for our specific project as part of We Feed The UK. Joining Arpita, poet Zena Edwards and The Landworkers Alliance, we will be working with urban growing projects, centred around multigenerational, Black-led growing enterprises.
We Feed The UK Arts Partners
Belfast Exposed, Grain, Martin Parr Foundation, Multistory, North East Photography Network, Open Eye Gallery, Penpont, Photo Fringe and Street Level Photoworks.
Arpita Shah is a photographic artist based between Eastbourne and Edinburgh, UK. She works between photography and film, exploring the intersections of culture and identity. Shah spent an earlier part of her life living between India, Ireland and the Middle East before settling in the UK. This migratory experience is reflected in her practice, which often focuses on the notion of home, belonging and shifting cultural identities.
Zena Edwards is a poet and performer using song, movement and global influences as a jump-off for her words. Traditional African instruments (the Kalimba and Kora) and new technology are the sound track for her stories.
The Landworkers’ Alliance is a union of farmers, growers, foresters and land-based workers building an agroecological system that furthers social and environmental justice. They support people to work with dignity, earn a decent living and access local, healthy and affordable food, fuel and fibre.
October 2023 - Coming to a billboard near you!
This harvest season, Gaia are giving a taste of what’s to come with billboards going live in the north, south, east and west. We Feed The UK launches on 8th February 2024 at The Open Eye Gallery in Liverpool.
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