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‘Self’: portraits in social care

A new exhibition in Brixton, south London sets out to show the human face of social care.

SelfIn the words of the curators: “It sets out to show the human face of social care – colourful, bright and engaging – a sharp contrast with the negative narrative of budget cuts and negligence so often portrayed in the media.”

The portrait gallery has been together put through a collaboration between social care not-for-profit Certitude and professional photographer Mike Tinney.

In a bid to break down the barriers which traditionally exist between carer and cared for, the pictures do not identify the subjects by their role in the social care system.

“As the project developed, Mike and I became more and more interested in how people see themselves and the commonalities that we all share, said Certitude’s Jake Meyer.

“We all have a face which we can be identified by, we all have insecurities and opinions of ourselves and both of these factors help us to relate to one another. The aim was to promote a sense of inclusion and belonging for everyone involved.”

Certitude provides personalised support for people with learning disabilities, autism and mental health needs.

“Self – Portraits in Social Care” runs from June 16 to July 14 at the Certitude Connect and Do Space, 109 Railton Rd, Brixton, London SE24 0LR and is open Monday to Saturday 10am – 4pm. For further details, contact [email protected]

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