Look Beyond: the story so far

The See Change Team has been busy organising more venues for our ‘Look Beyond’ photovoice research exhibition in 2018. ‘Look Beyond’ is an exhibition of photographs taken by a group of 16 people who have experienced what it is like to live with mental health difficulties. The exhibition is an output of a research project conducted by Dr Maria Quinlan and Dr Etáin Quigley from University College Dublin and Maynooth University. ‘Look Beyond’ seeks to give insight into the often unseen reality of what it means to have a mental health problem. Altogether, there are 36 images in ‘Look Beyond’ and 90 in the associated catalogue.  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.

Dates for Look Beyond in 2018 include

  • 3rd– 8th January, Visual Centre for Contemporary Art, Carlow, Co. Carlow
  • 17th January- 8th February, Shine Discovery, Waterford, Co. Waterford
  • 13th – 24th February, The Atrium, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath
  • 27th February -10th March, Nano Nagle Place, Cork, Co. Cork
  • TBC May – Tallaght Hospital, Co. Dublin
  • TBC  August – South Tipperary Arts Centre, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary
  • TBC November – Glór, Ennis, Co. Clare

Launch at Smock Alley

‘Look Beyond’ was launched in Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin 8, on Wednesday 25th October with the help of Professor Jim Lucey of St Patrick’s Mental Health Services. Celine Moran, See Change Project Manager, thanked all participant photographers for their time and expertise and introduced the panel discussion which was chaired by Director of See Change John Saunders. The panel consisted of Dr Maria Quinlan, See Change Ambassador and ‘Look Beyond’ participant Rick Rossiter, Professor Jim Lucey and ‘Look Beyond’ participant Paul O Rourke.

Filmbase Exhibition, October Bank Holiday Weekend

Look Beyond’ was exhibited over the October bank holiday weekend in Filmbase on Friday 27th, Saturday 28th, Sunday 29th and Tuesday 31st until 2pm. Commenting on the exhibition, one member of the public said, “Today was one of those bad days, but I came into look at the ‘Look Beyond’ exhibition and read each artist’s piece and viewed the photos with tears in my eyes. Knowing I am not alone and (the artists) sharing your stories has helped greatly. Thank you to the artists and See Change.”

Inchicore library, Dublin

The photographs were on display in Inchicore library from Wednesday 1st November until Friday 17th November.  See Change hope to engage with Dublin libraries in the new year again as part of Healthy Ireland at Your Library programme from January to March.

UCD, Please Talk’s 10 Year Anniversary

‘Look Beyond’ featured at Please Talk’s 10 Year Anniversary celebrations which were held on 5th December at 6pm in UCD, the founding place of Please Talk. The project’s lead researchers Dr. Maria Quinlan and Dr. Etáin Quigley spoke on the evening along with one of Please Talk’s founders, Scott Ahearn and some Please Talk student ambassadors. Dr. Amanda Fitzgerald and Cliodhna O’Connor from UCD Youth Mental Health Lab spoke about the importance of getting students to talk about mental health.

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