Exhibition Celebrates Vendors

29 February 2016 Magazine

Exhibition Celebrates Vendors

A series of portraits celebrating the men and women who sell The Big Issue will be on display in Melbourne in March.

Artist Virginia Hodgkinson created the 19 portraits after spending time with different vendors. 

The exhibition of her work coincides with the 20th anniversary of The Big Issue's launch in Australia, which will be celebrated in June. Vendors have sold more than 10 million copies of the magazine since the first edition hit the streets on 16 June, 1996.

Ms Hodgkinson said the portraits were an acknowledgement of people in society who were not often noticed, or celebrated.

"With each person I met and worked with, I was touched by their story," she said.

"I hope that my work portrays these people with dignity and respect."

The exhibition is on display at No Vacancy Project Space in Federation Square from 1-20 March. The launch is on March 3, check here for more details.

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