Big Issue’s Monica in art exhibition

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A BIG Issue seller has been chosen to feature in a new art exhibition alongside an anti-slavery campaigner and clock collector from Bury St Edmunds.

Photographic artist John Williams chose the face of Romanian Monica Constine who sells the Big Issue in the walkway near Waitrose, as one of the ‘invisible’ faces of the town.

“It is about people being ignored, and unless you relate to people on the street, they are ignored and that can have an impact on them. I thought here is an opportunity to help Monica tell her story,” said John.

He used words from an article in January’s Big Issue and a picture of Monica’s face to create a mosaic.

Historical figures including anti slavery campaigner Thomas Clarkson and clock collector Frederic Gershom Parkington, both from Bury, also feature.

John said: “They are so invisible that we are in danger of forgetting what they actually looked like.”

His exhibition takes place at the Edmund Gallery at St Edmundsbury Cathedral from tomorrow to Thursday. The gallery is open from 10am to 5pm daily, and 11am to 4pm on Sundays.