See Change launch Look Beyond photovoice research exhibition at the Hunt Museum in Limerick

Look Beyond

See Change launch Look Beyond photovoice research exhibition at the Hunt Museum in Limerick – Look Beyond is an exhibition of photographs taken by a group of sixteen people who have experienced what it is like to live with mental health difficulties. It will be on display in the Hunt Museum from Tuesday 21st November until Sunday 3rd December.

See Change launch Look Beyond photovoice research exhibition at the Hunt Museum in Limerick

By I Love Limerick Correspondent Jordan Mac Cormaic

See Change will hold a regional launch of their Look Beyond photovoice research exhibition on Tuesday 21st November 2017 at 6 pm, in the Hunt Museum, Limerick.

Look Beyond is an exhibition of photographs taken by a group of sixteen people who have experienced what it is like to live with mental health difficulties. It will be on display in the Hunt Museum from Tuesday 21st November until Sunday 3rd December.

The exhibition is being organised by See Change, the National Mental Health Stigma Reduction Partnership, and is an output of a research project conducted by Dr Maria Quinlan and Dr Etáin Quigley from University College Dublin and Maynooth University.

Photovoice is a research and advocacy methodology which uses photography as a way of giving voice to people who often feel unheard and unseen in society. It has been used internationally to both explore and raise awareness of the stigma associated with experiencing mental health problems.

See Change, established in 2010, is a national partnership working to change minds about mental health problems in Ireland.

The partnership is made up of over 100 organisations and 60 ambassadors who work to create a community-driven social movement to reduce the stigma and discrimination associated with mental health problems.

Their vision is an Ireland where every person can be open and positive about their own and others mental health. For more visit www.seechange.ie

Speaking ahead of the launch, See Change Project Manager Celine Moran said, “We’re delighted to bring Look Beyond to the Hunt Museum in Limerick. Look Beyond is the work of 16 people sharing their experiences of mental health difficulties with us through the lens. Their wisdom and expertise give us an insight into the often unseen reality of what it means to live with a mental health problem.”

Naomi O’Nolan, Head of Collections & Exhibitions of the Hunt Museum added, “We are delighted to welcome See Change’s Look Beyond photovoice research exhibition to the museum. It is important to us at The Hunt Museum to provide a platform for projects that help educate the public about issues that affect so many.”

“We hope this unique photovoice research exhibition will offer some understanding of mental health difficulties and encourage more conversations locally and among people visiting Limerick.”

Dr Maria Quinlan, lead researcher on the project continued, “Projects such as Look Beyond allow for an in-depth, nuanced exploration of a topic, and as the issue of mental health is multi-layered and complex. We believe that the photovoice method is ideally suited to facilitating people to explore and represent their thoughts and feelings in this area”.

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