Art, Action & Poverty

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20 January 2021
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Art, Action & Poverty
Date TBC, 6 – 7.30pm
£10 | Friends £9 | £5 Student tickets - please sign up using your student email address
Online – Via Zoom
Speakers: Jillian Edelstein - Photographer and Abigail Scott Paul - Former Deputy Director of Advocacy and Public Engagement at the Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Just as G F Watts documented the plight of the poor and disadvantaged through paintings such as The Irish Famine and Found Drowned, poverty and social injustice remain a pressing issue for both contemporary artists and activists. Join former Deputy Director of Advocacy and Public Engagement at the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Abigail Scott Paul, in conversation with internationally renowned photographer, Jillian Edelstein, to discuss the responsibility of artists and philanthropic organisations in highlighting the stories and experiences of those living in poverty today. This talk will touch on Edelstein's recent exhibition Picture Britain: Our Poverty, Our People, commissioned by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and Comic Relief, celebrating the strength and resilience of people swept into poverty.

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Photo by Jillian Edelstein

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