As I write this week’s column we are busy preparing for the launch of the Faces Behind Our Food photographic exhibition. The exhibition’s formal opening night is this Thursday (20th October) from 19:00-20:30 at the Storey in Lancaster. We plan for a more informal event on Saturday 22nd October from 14:00-16:00 at the Storey – in the downstairs exhibition space. We will be running drop-in animation workshops on Saturday, and some of the project’s team will be around to answer questions. We invite you to come and meet them and hear the stories behind the exhibition.
For those of you who want to know more, you can visit the LESS blog (www.foodfutures.org.uk). In the meantime, here is a brief summary of the project:
The Faces behind Our Food exhibition explores the personal stories of twelve food and drink producers in Lancashire, using imagery and stories to explore the complex issues that shape the food that we eat. So often we forget about the people that grow and process the foods that nourish us, and perhaps forget the rich histories, skills and cultures that go into shaping our evening meal, for example. This exhibition offers the opportunity for you to explore these topics, and hear the stories and experiences of 12 local producers.
The Faces Behind Our Food exhibition will tour cafés and arts venues in Lancaster and Morecambe from October 2016 until May 2017, so you might well catch sight of it when you’re having a cuppa!
Venues and dates currently include the following:
- 20-31 October 2016: Storey Institute
- 1-30 November 2016: Pavilion Café, Williamson Park
- December 2016 – January 2017: An art trail will be created across a number of cafes including The Radish, Whale Tail, Roots and Wilde and Well Read (formally the Novel Café).
- 1-28 February 2017: Lancaster University
- 1-31 March: Hot House, Morecambe
- 1-31 April: Lancaster Library
- 1-28 May: Halton Mill
We are running a series of participatory animation workshops alongside the artwork. These will be run with the general public in April 2017, and with a number of local community groups including the City of Sanctuary, the Rainbow Centre, the Junction and Lancashire Youth Challenge. We also plan to run additional events to tie in with the first Friday art events, so keep your eyes and ears peeled for more information.
All artwork, including the animations developed during workshops, will be shown at a final event on the 27th May 2017 at Halton Mill.
So please come along and see the exhibition. You can also view the work online at www.foodfutures.org.uk