Hertford Mayor Cllr Dr Linda Radford helped officially open the exhibition at a private view for the exhibitors and their guests on Tuesday 16th June. Cllr Radford said:
“I’d like to congratulate everybody involved in this exhibition. The photographs are fantastic and I hope this will be the first of many exhibitions for the club.”The exhibition title is Insights and demonstrates how creativity plays an important role in enhancing carers’ wellbeing. It is in two parts, with the first section of photographs showing how carers experience their life and challenges as a carer both symbolically and in reality. The second section features images that show the creativity that photography gives to carers.
One of the Carers Camera Club participants Paulette said:
“I’m thrilled and excited about the exhibition. Having your work on display boosts your self-esteem and makes you feel valued. I’m grateful to Carers in Hertfordshire for making the exhibition happen.”>
Paulette, who has been caring for her family members with a variety of conditions for 30 years, joined Carers Camera Club last June after she had been on a digital photography course that charity Carers in Hertfordshire had organised with her local college. She wanted to continue developing her skills in the company of other carers with similar interests.
“Being part of the Camera Club has given me friendships, which are priceless. It has also made me feel less isolated. Camera Club gives me a break from caring and if you are troubled or want advice it is great to be able to talk to others who understand what you are going through.”
Other club participants David Dunmore and Brenda Dalton added:
“The exhibition looks good, we’re really impressed. The support we get from Carers in Hertfordshire is greatly appreciated.”
Lisa Meakin, from our Carers and Learning Team, explained that the Carers Camera Club was set up in 2011 by the carers themselves following some digital photography courses. They wanted to meet up to develop their skills and share tips about photos they have taken.
“We know carers value time out from caring to enjoy their hobbies and interests and we are pleased to support the debut photography exhibition of our Carers Camera Club. The participants have worked hard getting the exhibition together and there are some fantastic pictures. If you have the chance please go and see their photographs and maybe learn a little more about Carers in Hertfordshire in the process.”
The exhibition is free to visit and Courtyard Arts, in Port Vale, Hertford, is open Tuesday to Saturdays 10am to 4pm.
The Carers Camera Club normally meets the third Wednesday morning of each month at a café in Welwyn Garden City. If you would like to join them or find out more please email or call us on 01992 58 69 69.