Tuesday 11 September 2007
Museum of London is hosting the Snap! retrospective exhibition - a prize-winning collection of photos and stories from the past five years of Mencap's Snap! photography competition.
On show from 2 October until 28 October, this exhibition celebrates the world of learning disability through the eyes of those closest to it. Placed within the foyer of the Museum, the 39 photographic works on display explore what it's like to have a learning disability.
The personal accounts offer a moving insight into a world often excluded by society, challenging the viewer to put aside any preconceptions and to see things differently. The exhibition covers everyday themes from love and friendship to through my eyes; and includes colour, black and white, digital and film prints.
Darryl McIntyre, Director of Public Programming, Museum of London, comments: "We are keen to engage with all Londoners, especially with people from diverse backgrounds. Traditionally people with learning difficulties have been overlooked in the museum sector, but this small display marks the beginning of a long term relationship with Mencap and other groups. Museum of London is particularly pleased to host this retrospective which so graphically captures human emotion."Dame Jo Williams, chief executive, Mencap explains further: "This is the first retrospective exhibition of Snap! since it started in 2003. We hope to inspire and educate new audiences away from the stereotypical impressions of learning disability. No longer should people be seen and described as ‘backwards' or ‘handicapped', people with a learning disability are talented individuals who have a part to play in society, just like anyone else."
To accompany Snap! retrospective, Mencap is running a series of free talks and photography workshops at the Museum throughout October. Aimed at children with a learning disability, teachers, parents and carers, these will encourage the creative use of photography; taking it further than just point and click.Snap! is Mencap's annual photography competition open to people with a learning disability, their friends and family.
Since it started in 2003 Snap! has received over three and a half thousand entries from across the UK and been judged by renowned photographers including David Bailey, Eammon McCabe and John Swannell; as well as receiving support from The Sorrell Foundation, Fujifilm, Halifax Card Services and Big Pictures.For more information on Snap! the photography workshops and the 2008 competition visit www.mencap.org.uk/snap. The Museum of London is open daily and carries no entrance fee, see http://www.museumoflondon.org.uk/ for more details.