A woman gives her spare change to a man rough sleeping, East St, Bristol, November 2023.
Contemporary Exhibitions

Kirsty Mackay and participants
The Magic Money Tree

Working collaboratively with groups and individuals from across England, documentary photographer Kirsty Mackay explores the impact of the cost-of-living crisis and what poverty looks like in the world’s 6th richest economy. 

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.

Exhibition preview

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.