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05 March 2008
A striking new photography exhibition has been unveiled at one of the University’s newest buildings.
‘Shifting Perspectives Photographic Exhibition’, organised by the Downs Syndrome Association, has come to Wales for the first time thanks to the support of the School of Optometry and Vision Sciences.
Housed in the atrium area of the School’s new building on Maindy Road, the inspiring exhibition is a collection of images of adults and children with Down’s syndrome which will be on show until the end of April 2008.
Created by Richard Bailey and Fiona Field, both of whom have children with Down’s syndrome, the aim is to challenge misconceptions surrounding the diagnosis of Down's syndrome. It conveys different aspects of life with Down’s syndrome from birth to adulthood, highlighting that those with the condition can and do lead fulfilling active and exciting lives.
The School has already become a popular art venue as well as an internationally acclaimed centre of scientific learning and Shifting Perspectives is the latest in a series of art exhibitions at the School.
The Down’s Syndrome Association chose the School of Optometry and Vision Sciences because of the long-standing relationship with Dr Maggie Woodhouse and her team, who conduct pioneering research in understanding visual development in children with Down's syndrome.
"This exhibition is inspirational. It's a particular thrill for me to have it here as I have been working with children with Down's syndrome for over 16 years, so I have seen many of our research subjects grow from babyhood to become capable young adults. These photographs really celebrate what people with Down's syndrome can be and do", said Maggie
The School’s atrium also houses permanent work by artist Claire Morgan who was commissioned through Cywaith Cymru.Artworks Wales to create large-scale three dimensional art pieces that reflect the activities of the area. And ‘Who I Really Am’, is a series of artworks made by 16 women in response to Artes Mundi 2.
The School has also hosted ‘Design Beyond Sight' in the clinical corridor, a popular exhibition of Czech Design prototypes for visually impaired people which can be enjoyed by sighted and blind alike.
The School of Optometry and Vision Sciences welcomes anyone to pop in Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm to enjoy the artwork.
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