Feeling at Home exhibition launch: 16 September 2022

We are delighted to invite you to the launch of the ‘Feeling at Home’ exhibition—a collection of photographs taken by people with learning disabilities to share their experiences of home life.

Date: Friday 16th September

Venue: Phoenix Art Space, 10-14 Waterloo Place, Brighton BN2 9NB

Time: 6-8pm

Booking is advised as capacity is limited. To book, please visit our Eventbrite page.

More about the exhibition

This exhibition displays photographs by people with learning disabilities living together in group homes with support from care staff. The photographers focus on a vital aspect of anyone’s home environment - what helps us feel ‘at home’ where we live and what might get in the way. It is a chance for members of the public to see the world through the eyes of people with intellectual disabilities, and to reflect on their own responses to this work. It is part the Feeling at Home project that aims to improve the home environments of people with learning disabilities in our communities.

The photographers are 19 people with learning disabilities who have taken part in photovoice groups organised by a research team including researchers based at King’s College London, University of Southampton and Sussex NHS Foundation Trust. Photovoice is a research method where people tell their stories, share their experiences and work towards improving their lives through photography. Funding was provided by the National Institute for Health Research School for Social Care Research.

The photographers have helped to design the exhibition with community arts organisation Quiet Down There so that it shows the mainly invisible everyday reality of social care from the perspective of disabled people. The exhibition gives viewers a chance engage with the themes in the photos through interactive activities and to feed back on their experiences. Audience responses will form part of the research report and recommendations for change.

The exhibition runs from 14-25 September 2022.

The gallery is open Wednesday-Sunday, 11am-5pm.