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Acclaimed Photography Exhibition to go on Display at The Hive

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An acclaimed photography exhibition, addressing some of the world’s most pressing issues, will be displayed outside The Hive from next week.

The Whole Earth? exhibition is being shown simultaneously at universities across Europe, before travelling around the world.

Described as a modern day Bayeux tapestry, it is a series of striking images and facts aimed at raising the profile of sustainable development and the environment. It is the sequel to the critically-acclaimed Hard Rain project, which was viewed by over 15 million people in galleries and public spaces worldwide, and even went on show at the UN headquarters in New York.

Whole Earth?, run in partnership with the National Union of Students (NUS), calls upon students and universities to help solve some of the world’s biggest problems, from poverty to global warming, refugees to overpopulation.

The exhibition is free and will be on display externally around The Hive from 13th October to 31st October.

Katy Boom, Director of Sustainability, who is leading the project at the University, said: “It’s a fantastic opportunity for Worcester to host this acclaimed and stunning exhibition. We are working with both City and County Council colleagues to use this opportunity to also look at local solutions.

“For example, students are acting as guides for visiting schools and we are hosting a plastics challenge for schools who are being encouraged to do follow-up activities. Young photographers from Worcester Roots Foundation, along with established local photographers, are staging a local view of sustainability running at Worcester Arts Workshop in Sansome Walk, following Whole Earth?, from November 2nd – 30th.”

The Mayor of Worcester, Councillor Roger Knight, said: “Everyone needs to recycle more – we all need to take action to deliver a more sustainable society. People have consumed more resources in the last 50 years than in all previous history. This is clearly an unsustainable approach and begs the question - when will we run out?

“Information on local volunteering activities will be available at the exhibition so if you have been inspired to take action, sign up now.”

The exhibition, which is around 60 metres long, will be displayed in the space in front of the entrance to The Hive posing challenges and questions for students, young people and all visitors, to see whether their own research and ideas can help alleviate problems.

Wesley Hudson, Worcester Students’ Union president, said: “The exhibition is based on the premise that students and universities can help to lead society towards a more sustainable future. It’s really thought-provoking and reminds us, for example, that half of all material that has ever been used in human history has been used in the past 50 years.”