The Art of Slavery Exhibition displayed evocative art in more than 35 cafes, hotels and restaurants across Somerset. Organised by the Sparrows Project in Minehead, it aimed to bring the subject of modern slavery into the public discourse.
John Dickinson, a trustee for the Sparrows Project and one of the organisers of the exhibition explains: “We felt that if we used an art gallery for the exhibition, only a small number of people would see it. Instead, by displaying it in cafes, restaurants and hotels across the West Somerset and Sedgemoor area, we believe many more people encountered and consequently were forced to reflect on the presence of modern slavery in Somerset. We wanted people to understand that, despite looking like a picturesque county with lots of rolling hills and countryside, Somerset does in fact harbour many victims of modern slavery.”