From 21-25 April Nessie Reid will be living with two pure-bred Guernsey cows in the centre of Bristol for 4 nights and 5 days.
Free to all, this immersive exhibition will explore the values and connections we hold towards our food and farming system here in the UK.
26,500 dairy farms existed in the UK in 2001; by 2011 there were 14,700. In 1950 there were a massive 196,000 dairy farms, which means that over the past 60 years, 92.5% of them have disappeared. Milk, once hailed as a superfood providing 34% of our RDA of protein, is now so undervalued that it is often cheaper to buy than bottled water. More and more the next generation are turning away from dairy farming because they simply cannot afford to make ends meet.
Nessie will construct a temporary milking parlour and farming discussion forum in the Harbourside’s Anchor Square. As part of the show there will be a live programme of daily talks and milking sessions, opportunities to hear the stories of, and ask questions to, dairy farmers as well as a variety of workshops for all ages.