Cultivating Equality: The Exhibition

Street Level Photoworks, Trongate 103, Glasgow

27 April – 30 June 2024

The latest exhibition from We Feed The UK celebrates women-led initiatives producing nature-friendly food for Scotland. Scottish photographer Sophie Gerrard has studied two ground-breaking examples: Lauriston Farm , a 100-acre site near Edinburgh run by a majority-women workers cooperative as a local response to the lack of affordable, healthy food; and Nikki Yoxall of Grampian Graziers , using native cattle to restore the species-rich, carbon-absorbing grasslands in decline across the Cairngorms. Their efforts are examples of urban and rural responses to global issues of climate change, food security and biodiversity loss.

Sons inherit Scottish farms 85% of the time, yet over half of the UK’s family farm workers are women. The Scottish government’s own Women in Agriculture Taskforce concluded that their contribution to the sector can be “undervalued, downplayed or simply unseen”. This exhibition aims to change that.

Sophie is an award-winning photographer based in Edinburgh. Her practice is characterised by a sensitive and evocative visual exploration of the natural environment and landscape and our relationship to it. Central themes in her work are people, environmental connection, identity and belonging. With a background in environmental science her work is often as much an exploration of other people’s lives and connections with landscape as her own.

The exhibition launches on 27 April 3 – 5pm, featuring a live performance of a specially commissioned poem by Iona Lee: ‘The Seed Kist’.

On Saturday 11 May from 2 – 4.30pm there will be a Panel Discussion & Exhibition Tour, chaired by Katie Revell from Farmerama and featuring Nikki Yoxall from Grampian Graziers, Lisa Houston from Lauriston Farm, Sinéad Fortune from the Seed Sovereignty UK and Ireland Programme, and Sophie Gerrard.