An Exhibition of Creative Ways with Food
  • St Saviours Church Hall, 41 Lambhay Hill, Plymouth PL1 2NW

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This collaborative and participatory exhibition showcased the various visual impact pieces that have emerged from the 'Food as a Lifestyle Motivator' (FLM) project over the past few years. 

The FLM project has explored the use of creative methods to engage ‘harder to reach’ communities in Plymouth to share their food stories, to understand their needs, and to enhance their wellbeing and life-skills. The project has worked closely with homeless individuals from Devonport Lifehouse, Salvation Army homeless centre, as well as other services providing support for individuals with complex needs across the city.

This exhibition, curated by our community participatory photography partners Fotonow CIC, took the audience on a visual journey, demonstrating how creative visual methods can be used to engage harder to reach audiences, maintain effective research collaborations and optimise public engagement opportunities.

The event showcased: a selection of FLM photographic images taken by participants during the phase one pilot of the study; a selection of FLM collage pieces created by participants during a previous ESRC participatory event (with the opportunity to co-create a live dynamic community collage at the event); a three minute media impact piece called Cooking Beat the Demons in My Head; and other creative food mapping outputs from our local research into food poverty and equality.

The main part of the event was the screening of a new documentary film on the topic of food (poverty) in Plymouth.

A Q&A discussion session followed the documentary film and a comments book allowed attendees to provide their views on the event.

Attendance at this event was by invitation only. Contact clare.pettinger@plymouth.ac.uk for any queries.

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Biography: Fotonow CIC

Fotonow CIC is a social enterprise using creative media as a powerful and inclusive tool to enable people’s voices to be heard. Our work is rooted in place; we nurture possibility and ambition. We create positive social change for individuals and tangible outcomes for the communities we serve.

Fotonow CIC remain active creative partners in the Food as a Lifestyle Motivator project, and lead film maker James Ellwood has led the creation of the documentary film that will be shown as the main part of this event. James has produced socially-engaged documentary work for over a decade, often focusing on environmental and social justice themes.