Early in the summer I was contacted by Christina Wheeler from in South Gloucestershire Council, who was working with a group of young people to create a website about mental health. The website will act as an information hub for 11 – 18 year-olds, parents, carers and professionals, giving ideas about how to keep mentally healthy and where to access local services. I spend a day in June with this lovely group of young people, making portraits for the website.
I have worked with Artists First, a group of disabled artists with learning disabilities, for many years now. During 2016/17 they have been building an archive of their work and projects that will be launched as a website and accompanying film in late in 2017 to celebrate their 25th anniversary. Over the past few months I have been photographing hundreds of their paintings and drawing to be included in the archive and I have also produced a series of portraits of the artists for the new website.
Garden Stories installed in the beautiful gallery space at Blue Sky
I am delighted to have received the Critical Mass Solo Exhibition award, and very excited to be heading out to Portland in the spring for the opening, and to give a talk as part of Portland Photo Month! Laura Moya at Photolucida has also done an interview which is on their blog here.
Great to have some work included in the exhibition Asi Nos Ven. Asi Somos? A group exhibition at the Pinacoteca Francisco Fernandez del Reigo, exploring the representation of women in art, and including photography, painting and sculpture. Curated by Professor Susana Cendan of University of Vigo, the exhibition runs until June 2016.
I met Tim as the result of a twitter encounter, Tim has Parkinson Disease and over the past 7 years he has embarked on an extraordinary project, during which time he has been photographed by around 400 photographers. I already knew about Tim’s project, as a few friends had worked with him already, you can find out more about the project, the photographs and the photographers on Tim’s blog ‘Over the Hill’
In early July I headed to Brighton to meet Tim, and after some tea and chatting, we travelled by road to West Wittering, a significant place to each of us. Tim has written a very evocative piece about the day, which you can read here 'Time Passes'
This is another from earlier in the day
The response to 'Pictures from Home' has been wonderful, and there have been so many warm comments, I have posted some here, along with some photos of the exhibition installation and the families visiting on a very busy opening night.
“Congratulations on highlighting children’s disabilities through an artistic medium, thought provoking and informative, the general art world needs to examine these issues/ people and beauty further.” Josh
“These photo’s give us all a chance to look at the world in a different way. Thank you!”
“Great to see the positives from the challenges, thanks for raising my awareness of your organisation.”
“Beautifully curated and incredibly moving. Extremely grateful to have been given the opportunity to take a glimpse into their lives.”
“Wonderful photos! It really brings home how difficult everyday life can be for some families. Lovely exhibition giving great insight into family's lives. Grateful for the opportunity to view the photos and read the stories.”
“How wonderful to see these photos showing the intimate moments of family life. It feels so important to share images of children who face the challenges of disability. I am struck by the care captured in these private photographs—it reflects the strength and togetherness of families who face the difficulties and the joys of caring.”
“Lovely exhibition beautifully arranged, reminds us how important caring for disabled children is. Also how caring can be a joy.”
“Thank you it has been a lovely exhibition it’s so great to be a record and be recognised as a group of people with children with special needs”
“Everyone who visited the exhibition felt extremely moved and were struck by your powerful photographs”. Bella Franks
“Many congratulations on the exhibition – your work is wonderful and very moving” Abigail Davies
"Powerful and eloquent photographs" Gina Lundy
Last year I spend 2 days photographing families with a disabled child for the charity Contact a Family. 20 images have now been selected and printed and the exhibition is currently at the framers. Everything will be going up at La Galleria, 5b Pall Mall, London in just over 2 weeks time and will be open to the public from 27th - 31st Jan 2015. Looking forward to seeing it all installed.