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Open air art gallery to put co-operation in the frame in Southampton's Guildhall Square
A GIANT open air art gallery is coming to Southampton this month as part of a national tour to show the importance of working together.
For two and a half weeks, from Wednesday to October 5, Guildhall Square in Southampton will be transformed to showcase 24 images, each held on three metre high installations which will be illuminated at night.
It is called the Co-operative Revolution Street Gallery, and the images will illustrate the history, scope and impact of co-operation world-wide.
It was compiled by the Co-operative to mark the United Nations’ Year of Co-operatives and has already been seen by an estimated six million people.
Thepictures includedin the gallery showcase the scale of co-operation worldwide and include pictures from a variety of different co-operative themes, including football clubs, farming, renewable energy and performing arts.
Explaining what the images mean, the Co-operative’s membership officer for the Solent area, Neil Williams, said: “The Gallery illustrates how everyday people are not only predisposed to co-operation but are making it happen in communities the world over – changing lives for the better by making a difference to the society that they live in.
“The striking images and narrative bring to life how co-operatives grew from humble beginnings in the mid 19th century into a global movement with an estimated one billion members worldwide today.”
Formore information about the Cooperative Revolution Street Gallery visit co-operative.coop/streetgallery.
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