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Picture Britain: Our People, Our Poverty

February 20 - March 8

Join us on our touring photography exhibition, aiming to re-frame the picture of people locked in poverty.

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.

Featuring unseen photography by Jillian Edelstein, with personal stories captured by Stephen Armstrong, we hear tales of dignity and hope in turbulent times from people weathering the storm.

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.

This free exhibition will be open to the public from Thursday 20 February to Sunday 8 March at Borough Market, where it will go on tour around the UK thereafter.

At JRF we want to use culture to find common ground in our divided times. Read this blog by our Deputy Director Abigiail Scott Paul to understand more about the context behind Picture Britain.

To find out more contact events@jrf.org.uk


February 20
March 8


Joseph Rowntree Foundation


Borough Market, London