Hon Helen Morton MLC

Hon Helen Morton MLC

Former Minister for Mental Health; Disability Services; Child Protection

    A photo exhibition through children's eyes

    4/09/2015 9:00 AM
    • As Eye See It photographic exhibition showcases images and captions submitted by 32 young people living in care
    • The exhibition will be held at the WA Museum from September 4-20, 2015

    A collection of images by 32 young people living in care in metropolitan and regional communities across the State was launched today at the As Eye See It photographic exhibition.


    Child Protection Minister Helen Morton said the exhibition offered children and young people in care an opportunity to express what was important to them through photography.


    "The exhibition is held during Child Protection Week to raise awareness about what it means to live in care and provide an insight into the world of those who live in it," Mrs Morton said.


    "Through this launch and exhibition experience, we are aiming to build the self-esteem and self-worth of our young people, while discovering more about their care experiences."


    The photographers, aged 12 to 17, were given a digital camera and asked to capture five images - four of people, places and objects which were important to them, and one photograph of their right eye.


    "Prior to the launch, freelance photographers Shaireen Vantuil and Greg Lewis taught the participants basic photographic skills and the resulting images are inspiring," the Minister said.


    "Congratulations to all participants on the photographs they have submitted.  I am so grateful they have shared their stories with us."


    The free exhibition runs until September 20, 2015 in Hackett Hall at the Western Australian Museum, Perth Cultural Centre, and is supported by the Central Institute of Technology, the Western Australian Museum and Operation Sunshine.


    Fact File

    • The Department for Child Protection and Family Support co-ordinates the project, which is now in its third year
    • This is the flagship event for National Child Protection Week 2015, encouraging all communities to play a role in protecting vulnerable children and young people
    • For more information, visit http://www.dcp.wa.gov.au/

    Minister's office  - 6552 6900