Six months ago a group of young adults commenced their journey into the wonderful world of photography. At the time the idea of using a camera was quite daunting to them.
A selection of their inspiring images, capturing the natural beauty of Wollongong’s northern beaches, are now proudly displayed at a local eatery in Coledale, Chedos Cafe for all the community to enjoy.
The photography in this exhibition is the work of six individuals; Mikey, Alan, Elliott, Sarah, Pat and Sheree from Essential Personnel – Wollongong’s Community Participation Program for people with a disability. These images demonstrate firstly, that we all have natural abilities no matter who we are, regardless of our age, upbringing or education. Secondly, we all have our own unique understandings and perceptions of the world in which we live.
“They never dreamt that they could create such “art” and we were all so excited when we saw the images, we just had to showcase their work publicly and acknowledge their ability. In doing so we have had an opportunity to make a subtle but strong statement about the contribution that people with disability make to the community” says Essential Personnel CEO, Amanda Calwell-Smith.
Local MP, Sharon Bird, dropped by on Wednesday 22nd May to help oversee the exhibition, and to present some information about the new disability insurance policy.
“Chedos and Essential personnel are trying to raise awareness and appreciation for this lovely group of skilled young adults.” says Elicia Ignjatovic, owner of Chedo’s Cafe. “We are proud to present their “take” on this spectacular part of the world and invite you come to the opening of their exhibition, Wednesday 29th May from 10.30 to 11.30am.”
Chedo’s Restaurant and Cafe is located at 748 Lawrence Hargrave Drive, Coledale.
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