Picture Britain: Our People, Our Poverty

Market Hall, Borough Market, 8 Southwark St, London SE1 1TL
Thursday 20 February 2020 - 10:00 to Saturday 07 March 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 free to attend and will be open to the public from Thursday 20 February to Saturday 7 March in Market Hall at Borough Market, where it will go on tour around the UK thereafter. Keep up to date with the project via our Picture Britain Facebook page.

Head to Market Hall in Borough Market, located at the back of the Green Market, where Bedale Street meets Borough High Street. Visit Borough Market on Google Maps for further directions. 

Borough market is one of the largest and oldest food markets in London with plenty to do and see. Visit their website to plan your visit

Picture Britain runs from Thursday 20 February - Saturday 7th March
Day Times
Monday to Thursday 10am until 5pm
Friday 10am until 6pm
Saturday 8am until 5pm
Sunday Closed

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 Deputy Director Abigiail 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.