Picture Britain: Our People, Our Poverty

United Kingdom
Thursday 20 February 2020 - 10:00 to Thursday 31 December 2020 - 17:00

Our new photography exhibition celebrates the strength and resilience of people swept into poverty.

This new exhibition features a collection of over 20 portraits and stories from across the country, taken by award-winning photographer Jillian Edelstein, with stories captured by Stephen Armstrong.

Planning your visit

The Picture Britain exhibition is getting ready to go on tour around the UK following the successful launch in Borough Market London.

Dates and locations will be announced soon. Keep up to date with the project via our Picture Britain Facebook page.

All locations will be free to attend and will be open to the public.

Picture Britain: Our People, Our Poverty at Market Hall, Borough Market.

More about Picture Britain

Close your eyes and picture Britain. We all have an image of our country, what we value and how we get by in our communities. Yet, poverty continues to hold many of us back. 

At the start of a new decade, this significant body of work commissioned by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) reflects our social landscape and the experiences of people swept into poverty. Many of the stories demonstrate the power of individuals and communities working together to loosen the grip of poverty. These are the stories that don't get told.

We hear tales of dignity and hope in turbulent times from people weathering the storm.

Reframing the picture of poverty

Picture Britain aims to shift the narrative around poverty by highlighting all we have in common, whatever our economic circumstances.

And we believe culture can be a way of finding that common ground, especially in divided times. Read this blog by our former Deputy Director Abigail Scott Paul to understand more about the context behind Picture Britain.

More from our contributors

If poverty was pulling you under and you faced losing everything, what one thing could you not live without? Joy Pocock, who features in our exhibition, has written a blog giving this some serious thought.

Want to host the exhibition?

If you are a venue that would like to host the exhibition as part of the tour there is still time to register your interest, please email [email protected] for more details.