Faith in Community embraces Peterborough’s long-standing issues on a large scale looking at drug use and homelessness, particularly in Millfield where the gallery is based.
We are working closely with Community First who have collected 150 hypodermic needles during their community litter picking around Peterborough. Artist Nicholas Pankhurst will be creating a new piece of work for 62 Gladstone Street, casting the needles in resin to represent each story and each life lost to drug abuse, offering visibility.
The exhibition includes local documentary filmmaker Emily Steele who will audibly record stories for the project to allow people to anonymously discuss their lives and the effect on the communities. Local documentary photographer Toqeer Sethi will photograph landscapes of the areas in Peterborough where users go, and where the needles have been found to highlight the prevalence of the issue.
People want to be seen. By offering the gallery to this exhibition, to these stories, we are giving them voice to share their experiences and discuss their stories in a safe space. Anyone effected by issues in this community will be connected with networks in Peterborough, with front line workers and safe spaces they can go.