Giant open air street gallery set to arrive in Norwich

January 25, 2013

Norwich is set to host a giant open air street gallery of photographs as part of a national tour to illustrate the history, scope and impact of co-operation world-wide.

From football clubs to farming and pubs to performing arts, the free outdoor exhibition is set to arrive in the City next month (10 February) to tell how co-operatives rose from the poverty and harsh working conditions of the mid 19th century and, to explore their global diversity and impact on socio-economic development today.

Illuminated at night, The Co-operative Revolution Street Gallery consists of 24 images on three metre high installations. It has been compiled by The Co-operative Group, the UK’s largest member-owned organisation, and will be displayed in The Forum, Norwich, until 10 March.

The Co-operative Revolution Street Gallery

Sabina Crouch, The Co-operative’s Membership officer for Norwich, said: “The striking images and narrative bring to life how co-operatives grew from humble beginnings into a global movement making significant contributions to world-wide socio-economic development, in particular; poverty reduction, community cohesion, employment generation and social integration.

“The images show how today, everyday people are not only predisposed to co-operation, but are making it happen in communities the world over.”

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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