Hidden Voices, a photographic exhibition which takes a unique look at the reality of ageing in Northern Ireland, will be launched by the Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Elisha McCallion, at the Void Gallery on Thursday 7 April from 1pm - 3pm.
In attendance will be prominent local older people Carita Kerr, Martin McCartney and Karen Scrivens who helped to deliver the project with Age NI, which is funded by the Arts Council NI as part of the Arts and Older People Programme, in collaboration with professional photographer John Rush.
Linda Robinson, Age NI Chief Executive, said, ‘We’re delighted to be working in partnership with the Void Gallery to showcase this creative project and exhibition which came about through the initiative and leadership of older volunteers like Carita, Martin and Karen. They are part of a 40 strong Age NI Consultative Forum, who are keen to engage with and talk to older people about growing older in Northern Ireland. This is an excellent opportunity to bring the work of local people on the Forum to Derry.’
‘Following conversations with 110 older people, including those who are ‘hard to reach’, and through participation in a series of photography workshops, a small group of volunteers set out to capture images that reflect emerging themes in later life like health, family, friendships & relationships, caring, living with a disability or illness, and rural isolation. The exhibition showcases the original photographs taken through the lens of older volunteers.’
The Hidden Voices Exhibition in the Void will run from 7 April – 16 April 2016.