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University of Derby - Photo project to give food for thought and raise charity cash

May 28, 2014



ENP Newswire - 28 May 2014

Release date- 28052014 - A photographer's collection at the University of Derby will not only give an insight into UK food poverty - it will raise money to help combat the problem.

Bethany Kane's photos of food bank premises (in the Midlands) were taken while she was also volunteering at the food distribution service managed by Derby Osmaston Road Baptist Church, on Charnwood Street in Derby.

A hundred copies of the photo book from her project, entitled Hidden Hunger, will be sold at GBP5 each in aid of the Trussell Trust - which runs more than 400 UK food banks for those in need - when her collection goes on display at the University's Markeaton Street site in Derby, as part of 'The Big Show'.

This free annual show, open to the public, will run from Saturday (May 24) until Friday June 13. It features final year projects by crafts, fashion, textiles, fine art, film, design, theatre, visual communications, architecture, music technology, creative expressive therapies, art therapy and other course students. Displays are at the University's Markeaton Street and Britannia Mill sites in Derby.

Bethany, 21, originally from Rugby, said: 'I worked as a volunteer at the Derby church's free food distribution service. My aim with the Hidden Hunger project is to challenge the negative stereotypes concerning the current food poverty crisis in Britain.

'Some media commentators have adopted an anti-food banks stance and this, in turn, influences public opinion. By showing rooms without people my photographs give an impression of the social isolation felt by those driven to use these services and also comments on the lack of Government support for these charitable systems.'

Hugh McNeill, Project Manager for the Coventry Foodbank (one of the Trust's food banks), said: 'We were delighted to have worked with Beth on this project. That she has taken the time to highlight the issue of food poverty, at her young age, is remarkable and we wish her every success with her photo book.'

In a separate project last year (2013), University of Derby Engineering and Design students worked with the Trussell Trust on the design for a new food collection point to go into supermarkets.

To see more of Bethany's work go to her website at www.bethanykane.co.uk

For more information on The Big Show see website www.derby.ac.uk/about/organisation/faculties/adt/degree-show

To learn more about studying Photography at the University of Derby see link www.derby.ac.uk/art-and-design/photography


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Source: ENP Newswire


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