Fat activist calls for people that are 'fat and happy' to make artwork for her Doncaster exhibition

People who are ‘fat and happy’ are being asked to submit pieces of work for an exhibition that is due to open in Doncaster later this year.

Friday, 14th February 2020, 11:45 am

Lindsay Mcglone, aged 22, from Balby is a fat activist.

She is working with the new museum to bring inclusive, diverse artwork to the town named Project FAT.

“It’s all about how you see the word fat and what it means to you.

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Lindsay Mcglone in local cafe The Glass Strawberry.

“The word fat is not offensive - once you reclaim a word people that have been used to mock you then those people do not have a leg to stand on,” said Lindsay.

The artwork will be made up of people’s contributions focused around the word fat - this can be done through any form whether that be paint, sketch or collage.

Lindsay asks that if you are going to create a piece of art that you send her a message on her Instagram @rollingwithlindsay to organise postage and logistics.

“I’ve been wanting to do something with art for a while but it wasn’t until the museum reached out that I have been able to do so,” Lindsay continued.

“I want to show that people that you can be fat and happy and also raise awareness about it.

“Fat people have to worry when they’re walking down the street about what might happen.

“There is still a stigma - just because I’m fat doesn’t mean that I’m lazy, uneducated, problematic or that I can’t find love.”

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Lindsay believes in representation is loud and proud about her role as a fat activist.

She said: “It’s amazing that the museum is willing to do this and are promoting diversity.”

It will be a part of a larger collection in the new gallery at the Danum museum when it opens.

Vicky Ryves, Programme Manager at the museum, said: “ We hope that these loaned objects will enable us to tell a much richer story about Doncaster's community, past, present and future.“We hope to display Lindsay's artwork as part of our wish to tell more of Doncaster's stories."