Kirsty has worked closely with children, families and youth groups, primarily in Tipton, Bristol and the North-East of England, to help develop skills in photography, issuing them with compact film cameras and encouraging them to consider the power of their own voice and how to use it.
Children’s voices are at the forefront. “For some of our children who are 14, they’ve known nothing but hard times. They’ve had welfare reforms, followed by austerity, a pandemic and a cost-of-living crisis.” (Alison Dunn, Chief Executive, Gateshead Citizens Advice)
This narrative is one told collectively through photography, text and banners. Together, it forms an epic piece of protest art which asks the question – to what extent is poverty a political choice?
This project has received support from an Arts Council England National Lottery project grant.
Saturday 9 March, 2-4pm. Free, drop-in. All welcome.
In Conversation: Kirsty Mackay
Saturday 18 May, 2-3.30pm. Free.
Join Kirsty Mackay to discuss her practice and The Magic Money Tree project.