Posted: 03.02.20 at 15:09 by Zola Hargreaves
South Wales based photographer, Nigel Whitbread, has launched a Charity Photo Exhibition "Dragons Warriors - Dreigiau Rufelwyr" showcasing images taken during the Homeless World Cup which has launched at Foxy's Deli in Penarth.
Nigel Whitbread is crowdfunding to raise £1500 or more to donate to charities associated with the Homeless World Cup which took place in Cardiff last summer. It will also fund a collaborative photobook.
The title of the exhibition “Dragons Warriors - Dreidiau Rufelwyr” is taken from Welsh actor Michael Sheen’s passionate speech in the opening ceremony.
He said: “Our men’s and women’s teams are known as the dragons and the warriors. But you are all warriors. And now warriors become dragons. I urge you this week to spread your dragon wings wide. To take off into our Welsh skies. And proudly. To fly. Dragons and warriors all. Welcome to Wales.”
The campaign is being run on Crowdfunder.co.uk and the money raised will be used to fund the exhibition to highlight the issues of homelessness and go directly to the charities associated with the project.
When asked about the project Nigel said: “The exhibition aims to reflect at its core and represent a cross-section of homeless people in South Wales and how they are all, despite their differences, trying to overcome the isolation they can feel from the rest of society and how preparing for and taking part in the Homeless World Cup gives them a sense of empowerment that they are part of something that is bigger than themselves.”
Crowdfunder enables people with a great idea to ask the crowd closest to them for the funding they need.
The project owner sets a target for the money they want to raise and explains how they will use the funding. People can then make pledges for small amounts of money in return for a reward if the target is reached.
“Dragons Warriors - Dreigiau Rufelwyr” are offering postcards, prints, posters, digital photobooks and signed copies of the photobook as rewards in return for pledges.
Phil Geraghty, Crowdfunder MD, said: “At Crowdfunder we love seeing communities come together to pledge on the projects that matter most to them. Crowdfunding is achieving brilliant things across the UK and has huge opportunities to grow.”
The plan is to have a smaller touring version of the exhibition travelling around South Wales before I holding a 3 week larger version of the exhibition at the Cynon Valley Museum in Aberdare to be held from 3/4/2020 to 24/4/2020, two months before the next Homeless World Cup takes place in Finland during June/July 2020.
Nigel hopes that visitors seeing the exhibition will cease to think of the stereotypical guy/girl on the street in doorways asking for money, but see that there are many different ways that people are classed as homeless, different stories behind the individuals and to understand that there are ways people can change their circumstances for the better.
During the smaller exhibitions, visitors will be asked to give their views so that it can be easily modified from venue to venue to give the best experience.
Due to the fact that each venue will have a different size and shape, the exhibitions themselves will have to be very fluid and versatile.
From 03/02/20 to 26/02/20 the Exhibition will be at Foxy's Deli and Cafe, Royal Buildings, 7 Victoria Rd, Penarth, Vale of Glamorgan, CF64 3ED.
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