- Friday, 01 March 2013 15:43
Fairtrade Fortnight will culminate in the Derbyshire Dales with the unveiling of a unique artwork created by groups in Ashbourne, Bakewell, Darley Dale, Matlock and Wirksworth.
Each town is contributing one side of a Fairtrade Art Cube as this year thousands of people up and down the country get creative with their Fairtrade campaigning to highlight the importance of small holder farmers in agriculture and their role in food security.
The local work will be unveiled at Derbyshire Dales District Council's Town Hall headquarters in Matlock on Monday 11 March and be on public display in the reception area before going "on tour" around the other five towns.
The District Council's Fairtrade representative Councillor Mrs Irene Ratcliffe said:
"We believe this is a great way to perpetuate the important messages of Fairtrade Fortnight beyond 10 March, reminding the people of the Dales to go further for Fairtrade in 2013 and to look after the food we love and the people who grow it. Without our support now, farmers in developing countries face a difficult and uncertain future."
Explaining the Fairtrade Art Cube concept, Ashbourne Fairtrade's Stuart Green said:
"Community groups in Ashbourne have been helping to create the town's artwork for Fairtrade Fortnight. The artwork is slowly taking shape as more people contribute their names to the collage, which will eventually form multi-coloured footsteps."
The artwork can take whatever form each town likes, with a Fairtrade theme. After being exhibited in one of the towns of the Derbyshire Dales, the "incoming" town collects the artwork from the "outgoing" town, transporting it to their town for display for two weeks.
Fairtrade Fortnight started on 25 February, highlighting the need to think about where food comes from. Through an interactive petition, the campaign calls on the government to take action before the 2013 G8 Summit, signalling the start of a three-year long campaign by Fairtrade Foundation – 'Make Food Fair'.
Councillor Mrs Ratcliffe added:
"Smallholders in developing countries are increasingly hit by fluctuating commodity prices affecting their income and the prices they pay for the food they buy themselves, rising global food prices, rising production costs, and climate change.
"Fairtrade Fortnight is the nationwide effort to promote awareness of Fairtrade and urge people to buy products carrying the FAIRTRADE Mark. It unites all Fairtrade supporters, bringing together retailers, manufacturers, producers and consumers."
The unveiling of the Derbyshire Dales Market Towns' Fairtrade Art Cube will take place on Monday 11 March 1.45pm for 2pm at The Town Hall Matlock.
The Art Cube exhibition dates are:
- to 24 March - in Matlock
- to 7 April - in Wirksworth
- to 21 April - in Ashbourne Leisure Centre
- to 5 May - in Bakewell
- to 20th May - in Darley Dale
- to 27th May - in Matlock