We Feed The UK at Open Eye Gallery - until 31 March, 2024

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Falcon Fields Allotment © Arpita Shah 2023

We Feed The UK
Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool

8 February - 31 March 2024

Across a country that is 71% farmland, where less than half of our biodiversity remains, restorative practices are the root to future resilience. The time is ripe to celebrate these efforts, in support of the regenerative agriculture transition.

We Feed The UK is a major arts project pairing critically acclaimed photographers and poets with regenerative farmers, urban growers, sustainable fishers and grain rebels: the UK’s custodians of land, soil, sea and seed. The campaign is a message of hope, showcasing grassroots solutions to climate change, the biodiversity crisis and social justice.

Grown by The Gaia Foundation with collaborators across the country, We Feed The UK brings together over 40 partners from the environment and arts sectors to tell time-critical stories across urban, rural and coastal areas, ranging from multi-generational, Black-led growing projects in London, to a majority-women workers cooperative in Edinburgh, via sustainable fishing along the south coast.

As the south east Art Partner, Photo Fringe co-commissioned Arpita Shah to make work with the inspiring women and communities at Go Grow With Love and Black Rootz in London, two growing projects tending to injustices in the food system.

Paulette-Black-Rootz-Wolves-Lane-Centre-©-Arpita-Shah.jpg#asset:1660Paulette Henry, Black Rootz, Wolves Lane Centre, Haringey © Arpita Shah 2023

Aaron Schuman
Lua Ribeira
Jon Tonks
Arpita Shah
Johannah Churchill
Andy Pilsbury
Yvette Monahan
Sophie Gerrard
Ayesha Jones
Johannes Pretorius

Hot Poets:
Dizraeli Testament
Jasmine Gardosi
Chris Redmond
Abby Oliveira
Kate Fox
Iona Lee
Zena Edwards
Bohdan Piasecki
Ifor Ap Glyn

Arts Partners:
Open Eye Gallery
Martin Parr Foundation
Royal Photographic Society
Street Level Photoworks
Belfast Exposed
Penpont Estate
North East Photography Network (NEPN)
Photo Fringe
GRAIN Projects

Environment Partners:
Soil Association
Nature Friendly Farming Network
Action for Conservation
Land Workers’ Alliance
UK & Ireland Seed
Sovereignty Programme
Sole of Discretion
Nourish NI
Pasture for Life

Exhibition Details:
Visit openeye.org.uk for exhibition showing on their atrium walls until 31 March, 2024

Visit wefeedtheuk.org for details of each of the ten presentations being exhibited throughout this year and until early 2025. Photo Fringe will be exhibiting the work both in London and Brighton, details to follow.

BBC Food Programme

Follow the project on the following platforms:

Instagram: @TheGaiaFoundation
X: @GaiaFoundation
LinkedIn: @the-gaia-foundation


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