New exhibition challenges misconceptions around the causes of food insecurity in the UK

Create Community announces a new exhibition entitled ‘Fed Lies’ curated to challenge the misconceptions around the causes of food insecurity in the UK, in support of Dalston-based Open Door Community Kitchen.

The exhibition will feature five up and coming artists from across the UK, who have all created pieces in response to five misconceptions around food insecurity outlined by Open Door Community Kitchen, which include:

  • “We are running out of money”: According to the Food Foundation tracker, 15% of UK households – equivalent to approximately 8 million adults and 3 million children – experienced food insecurity in January 2024. This number has risen 4% from 11% of UK households in 2023. Yet, in 2022, the UK Tax-payer paid £17M towards the subsidising of MP meals.

  • “Job insecurity equals food insecurity”: It has been reported that if you earn less than £32,000 per year, you are at risk of food insecurity. Public sector workers like junior doctors, nurses, and teachers have sought food bank assistance.

  • “All food insecurity is made equal”: Food insecurity disproportionately affects women in the UK, particularly single parents. Mother’s are often the first people within the family to go hungry, ensuring their kids eat before themselves.

Wilson McTeare, Co Founder of Create Community; “Food insecurity is a huge issue in the UK. We decided to partner with Open Door Community Kitchen for this new exhibition not only to raise awareness of this, but to dispel the many misconceptions being put out by politicians and media. Each of our five artists offer their own unique perspective on this issue through a broad range of approaches and mediums.” 

All money raised over the course of the exhibition through donations and print sales will go directly to Open Door Community Kitchen to support them to continue to do their brilliant work.

‘Fed Lies’ will open on Thursday 29 February in Hackney, London, and run until Saturday 2 March. Visitors can also join an artist Q&A on Friday 1 March at 19:00.

Featured Photo by Elaine Casap on Unsplash.

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