Giant open air street gallery of co-operation arrives in New Brighton

July 23, 2013

A giant open air street gallery of photographs has arrived in New Brighton as part of a national tour to illustrate the history, scope and impact of co-operation world-wide.

Illuminated at night, The Co-operative Revolution Street Gallery consists of 24 images on three metre high installations and will remain a fixture outside the Floral Pavilion Theatre and Conference Centre on Marine Promenade until 5 August. 

From football clubs to farming, retail to renewables and pubs to performing arts, the free outdoor exhibition has been compiled by The Co-operative, the UK’s largest consumer co-operative with over 7 million members, to celebrate the contribution of co-operatives to worldwide socio-economic development.

Keela Walsh, The Co-operative’s Membership Officer for Merseyside said: “We are delighted to bring these striking images to the region to vividly bring to life and enable people to explore how co-operatives grew from humble beginnings in the mid 19th century into a global movement with an estimated one billion members worldwide today.

“The Co-operative Revolution Street Gallery illustrates how everyday people are not only predisposed to co-operation, but are making it happen in communities the world over – changing their worlds for the better by making a difference to the society that they live in.”

The Co-operative Revolution Street Gallery was created to mark the United Nations International Year of Co-operatives – a year dedicated to highlighting the significant contribution of co-operatives to poverty reduction, community cohesion, employment generation and social integration.

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The Co-operative Group is the UK’s largest mutual business, owned not by private shareholders but by over seven million consumers.  It is the UK’s fifth biggest food retailer and a major financial services provider, operating The Co-operative Bank and The Co-operative Insurance. Among its other businesses are the number one funeral services provider, the third largest pharmacy chain and one of Britain’s largest farming operations. As well as having clear financial and operational objectives, the Group has also set out its social and sustainability goals in its groundbreaking Ethical Plan, which specifies over 50 commitments in these areas. The Group operates 4,800 retail trading outlets, employs more than 100,000 people and has an annual turnover of more than £13bn.  Further information is available at

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Andrew Torr
The Co-operative Press Office
T: 07702 505551