The sun was kind to Frome last Thursday, 1st July as two arts venues cast wide their doors for opening night of We Feed the World, the photographic exhibition celebrating smallholder farmers and fisherfolk.
The Whittox Art Gallery – based at the much-loved Rise centre, a beautifully restored former church – invited local residents and photography-lovers to soak up inspiring farmers stories from world-class photographers including Rankin, Jane Hilton, Caroline Drake, Martin Westlake, Graciela Iturbide and Omar Victor Diop.
A 15 minute stroll away, the Gallery at The Station opened its doors for the very first time as a multi-functional arts and photography venue. An increasingly popular ‘destination’ on the Frome town map, Station Approach has a rich food offering from local producers the Rye bakery & Hisperian Fish restaurant – a perfect venue to celebrate the small-holder farmers and fisherfolk who produce over 70% of the world’s food.
Gallery at The Station proudly showcases the work of Pieter Hugo, Sophie Gerrard, Spencer Murphy, Laura Hynd, Nick Ballon, Fabrice Monteiro, Holly Lynton and more.
The Gaia Foundation’s We Feed the World exhibition was first displayed in London in October 2018 and has not been on public display since. In November 2020 it was published as a book of the same name by Gaia and south-west publishers Little Toller. Both venues stock the book for the duration of the exhibition alongside Frome’s independent book shop Hunting Raven, where visitors can also enjoy an eye-catching image of women from a farmers cooperative in Benin, taken by Dakar based photographer Fabrice Monteiro.
The exhibitions will now run until Friday 10th September. The Gaia Foundation are working closely with both venues and a number of local producers and creatives to design a series of events bringing the exhibitions themes to life and helping local audiences get to know their own local food and farming community better. Events to be announced soon.
You can visit the exhibitions between 9am and 4pm Tuesday – Saturday.