Hon Robyn McSweeney BA JP MLC

Hon Robyn McSweeney BA JP MLC

Former Minister for Child Protection; Community Services; Seniors and Volunteering; Women's Interests; Youth

Photo exhibition reveals world of children in care

4/10/2012 12:00 AM
  • Minister opens As Eye See It exhibition at WA Museum
  • Photographic work provides insight into lives of children in care
The photographic work of 34 children and young people in out of home care has been unveiled at the Western Australian Museum as part of a special exhibition, As Eye See It.

Child Protection Minister Robyn McSweeney said the As Eye See It project was an opportunity for children and young people in care to share their experiences and stories through the powerful medium of photography.

“This inspiring exhibition provides an avenue for children and young people in care to express themselves artistically and offers an insight into their lives,” Mrs McSweeney said.

“It is very special to see the delight and joy on the faces of these children and young people as they see their work displayed at the WA Museum for all members of the community to appreciate.”

Children and young people in foster, relative and residential care, aged 10 to 17, were invited to take part in the project through their carers and child protection workers. Those who were interested attended photographic workshops and were provided with a digital camera to capture photos of things that were important to them.

The result is a moving collection of more than 200 black and white photographs, coupled with a description written by the photographers, detailing what the photo and experience meant to them.

“In addition to providing a forum for children and young people in care to tell their stories and improve their self-esteem, the project also aims to strengthen relationships between children and their carers and raise broad community awareness about the care system in Western Australia,” the Minister said.  

This is the first time As Eye See It has been run in WA, following the success of the project in Victoria.

As Eye See It is a partnership between the Department for Child Protection; Commissioner for Children and Young People; Children, Youth and Family Agencies Association; Mental Health Carers Arafmi (WA) Inc; and the CREATE WA Foundation, with support provided by the Western Australian Museum.
      Fact File
  • As Eye See It exhibition on display at the WA Museum - Perth until October 14, 2012
  • There are currently about 3,780 WA children and young people in care
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