‘The opposite of poverty is not wealth but justice,’ says Doncaster artist who is raising money for a food bank in need

A Doncaster artists is using her skills to raise money for a food bank who need help after surviving a pandemic year.

Tuesday, 9th March 2021, 1:56 pm

Sarah Smizz decided to make holographic stickers with a powerful message whilst at the same time raising money for a food bank based at Bullcroft Memorial Hall in Carcroft.

Sarah, 32, from Woodlands, said: “Back in 2010 only 41,000 people used a food bank in the UK.

“But in 2019 that shot up to two million.

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Sarah Smizz, 32, artist.

“That is not even taking into consideration what Covid-19’s impact has been.”

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Sarah started thinking about the impact on her local area after the news in the summer of 2020 concerning free school meals.

“I think that’s when the public got really interested in this issue,” she continued.

The stickers are holographic.

“Food is a basic need and it’s an injustice that food banks even need to exist.”

Sarah has used her skills as an artist to create stickers which read ‘The opposite of poverty is not wealth but justice.’

She made them under The Birdsong Project which is funded by Doncaster Creates.

She hopes to sell around 70 stickers and will be making similarly designed t-shirts in the future.

Art by Sarah Smizz.

Sarah said: “As a society we know the price of everything but the worth of nothing.

“There’s a lot of budget talk at the moment but not a lot of it is focused on people.”

Sarah wanted to design something that would appeal to a different audience that may not have been interested in activism before.

“I hope they will attract more young people to be involved with politics and this issue,” she said.

“I made them shiny because we’re all a bit magpie when it comes to stuff like this.”

She is asking for people to donate at least £2.50 to the food bank in exchange for a sticker.

Sarah asks if you do donate please leave your name and address in the details so she can post the sticker to you.

Anyone that donates over £10 will get an extra arty surprise in their order.

If you want to donate you can do through this link.

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