Joondalup: Inspiring Visions exhibition features images by Vinnies’ Kids Camp participants


Associate Professor Panizza Allmark, Associate Dean, Arts and Humanities setting up the latest ECU Joondalup Exhibition. Picture: Matt Jelonek d475839
Associate Professor Panizza Allmark, Associate Dean, Arts and Humanities setting up the latest ECU Joondalup Exhibition. Picture: Matt Jelonek d475839

THE Inspiring Visions exhibition in Joondalup this month features images created by children participating in Vinnies’ Kids Camps.

It is part of a research project between ECU’s school of arts and humanities and the St Vincent de Paul Society (WA)

The research behind the exhibition explores turning points and opportunities for change in the lives of families who have received Vinnies’ support.

It also explores the knowledge of the charity’s staff and volunteers to catalogue their understanding of intergenerational welfare dependency and their personal experiences of the ways in which people have freed themselves from welfare support.

Through creative ‘photovoice’ workshops ECU facilitators taught children to use professional-level camera equipment to produce creative, imaginative photos that reflect their views of the world.

Vinnies member and volunteer services executive manager Rod Sweett, said the children were excited to see their work displayed as part of an exhibition.

“Through the photography the children were able to explore their view of the world,” he said.

“The photographs were produced in a short time but will have a lasting impact, especially on the children who took part.”

Curator and ECU Associate Professor Panizza Allmark said photography was a way of creatively engaging with the environment.

“It’s a way of seeing things from a fresh perspective and also provides a sense of empowerment in the choice of finding, framing and focusing on a subject,” she said.

“The children were encouraged to go on a photographic safari hunt and search for surreal, different ways of seeing.

“Strange perspectives, beautiful landscapes and engaging views are just some of the interesting results in the exhibition.”

The Inspiring Visions exhibition at Building 1, ECU Joondalup runs until Wednesday, November 22.

It is part of the research project Hand Up funded by the Australian Research Council.

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