As part of Keep Gloucestershire NHS Public’s NHS 70 Stroud events, we will host an exhibition aimed at raising awareness and understanding “NHS Funding – Past, Present and Future” from Monday 25th – Saturday 30th June at the Lansdown Gallery in Stroud. The exhibition will include historic images and contributions from artists responding to our call to illustrate one of seven Aneurin Bevan quotes, and will focus on an exhbition of photographs by Marion Macalpine about “Private Finance Initiatives” (PFI) in the UK: “How Come We’re Still Paying For This?“.
Marion Macalpine’s photographs illustrate the range of PFI deals across different sectors and throughout the UK, including schools, health, roads, prisons, housing and refuse into power schemes. It provides an overview of the extent to which PFI contracts have swallowed up public funds and channelled money into corporate coffers.
Help us publicise the event – download our Exhbition poster (pdf, A3 – use print settings to print at A4 or smaller), share and invite friends to our Facebook event: People Vs PFI Exhibition-How come we’re still paying for this?
We will have an Opening Event on Monday 25th June, from 6-9pm at the Lansdown Gallery.
Helen Mercer from The People vs PFI – and a former Senior Lecturer in Economics at Greenwich University – will join us to provide a talk on how we can solve the problems PFI is causing the NHS.
We’ll also be joined by John Dougherty – who will sing one of the songs he wrote during the successful Stroud Maternity Matters campaign.
Feedback on the exhibition from display at the TUC head offices in September/October 2017:
“Brilliant, eye-opener exhibition!”
“Superb gallery show. Very clear and hard hitting.”
“As people that knew nothing about PFI before we have been thoroughly shocked and educated by this exhibition. We are now heading home to do further research into our local council and to spread the word far and wide.”
“This is mind-blowing, absolutely brilliant. I had no idea how far and wide this pernicious initiative had spread. Well done!”
“Beautiful photographs and the whole exhibition clarifies this scandal: revealing, persuasive.”