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THE SHADOW OF FOOT AND MOUTH’

2 years after the Foot and Mouth epidemic started, a selection of works from the Exhibition, ‘The Shadow of Foot and Mouth’ is coming to the Forest of Dean, one of the areas badly affected by the epidemic.

The Exhibition, organised by Julia Currie, a Gloucestershire Farmer, was shown in Stroud last year. It included photographs, poems and other works of art, and was widely acclaimed. Its visit to the Forest is by invitation of the Forest Action Group, which during the epidemic successfully campaigned for blood tests for the remaining livestock in the Forest, and supported owners at the farm gate.  The February event includes photos of Gloucestershire Farmers, cartoons, videos, books, personal stories and a selection of other works.  

As one of the many people who visited the Stroud event wrote ‘The Exhibition was shatteringly good. I stood humble and chastened in front of those honest, brave, resilient, broken people and fought the tears’

Both the Forest Action Group and Julia believe that the suffering that took place during the FMD crisis of 2001 should not be forgotten, and they hope the Exhibition will be a way of telling some of the stories of the past 2 years. As Julia said ‘This carnage must never be allowed to happen again’

FACTS:

The Exhibition will be held at Taurus Crafts, Lydney Park Estate, Lydney, GL15 6BU between Saturday 15th February and Sunday 23rd February, from 10am to 4pm

EXHIBITORS –

Ian Geering – Photographer

Paintings – Lucy Voelcker

Cartoons – Jake Tebbit – Farmers Weekly

Shepherds Crook – Gloucestershire Diocese

Childrens work – from Gloucestershire

Poems – including work by Jay Ramsay, Karen Eberhardt Shelton, James Crowden, Jennie Powell and others

Videos – the Berkeley Estate, Oaklands Park and Dumfries and Galloway

Several books including diaries, compilations of childrens poems, and peoples’ stories from around the country and the Forest of Dean

Commemorative medal – Daniel Hendy

CONTACT:

JULIA CURRIE, EXHIBITION ORGANISER - 01453 764376

EMAIL jc@juliacurrie.freeserve.co.uk

POPPY TURPIN-WEST, FOREST ACTION GROUP – 01594 861484

EMAIL maffoff@aol.com