The portraits accompanying the short video pieces, that make up Home to home, are of some of the most interesting, generous and brave individuals I have had the pleasure and privilege to get to know and photograph.
On Tues 28th April the exhibition opened in Newcastle Museum. The following are the portraits of the Newcastle storytellers.
The Cairns and Geelong portraits will follow when those exhibitions open.
“In Australia, over 6000 young people under 65 live in nursing homes with people in their 80’s because there is nowhere else for them to go. Many of these people are socially isolated and receive visits from friends less than once a year. Established in 2006, the mission of the Summer Foundation is to resolve the issue of young people in nursing homes in Australia.
The Summer Foundation works to raise awareness of this issue and to change human service policy and practice. Our aim is to increase the number and types of appropriate housing options for these young people.
This exhibition allows you to view the stories of people directly connected to the issue of young people in nursing homes, and to experience the achievements of these storytellers who faced their struggles and found hope.
The videos are personal accounts created by storytellers who participated in Digital Story Workshops held in Newcastle, Cairns and Geelong in 2014. They are powerful stories, revealing a part of our society that is usually hidden away.”
Aaron Hickey, early 30’s Lived in a nursing home for 6 years.
James Nutt, late 20’s Lived in a nursing home for 6 years.
Dom Coates, early 30’s Lived in a nursing home for 3 years.
Colin Reid, late 40’s Lived in a nursing home for 2 years.
James Bailey, late 20’s Has been living in a nursing home for over 7 years.
Arron Masters, mid 30’s Lived in a nursing home for 3 years.
Keryn Hickey Keryn’s son lived in a nursing home for 6 years.
Installation shots at Newcastle Museum of section containing local portraits.