An Exhibition of two groups of photographs by NEW FOREST COMMUNITY LINK

9 January – 9 February 2019

"We are a group of people with learning disabilities that attend New Forest Community Link. Our group has chosen to depict different themes that reflect the wonderful local area.

We have enjoyed visiting the forest as shown in our pictures of 'Forest In All It's Glory' and local landmarks such as Sway Tower and the ruins at Christchurch Priory, known as Norman House. It's great to get the opportunity to show our work at The Forest Arts Centre."

The Photography Group at New Forest Community Link are:

  • Derek Coster
  • Bryan Yates
  • Clare Salter
  • Zoe Payne-Jenkins
  • Jason Richards
  • John Cole


9 January – 9 February 2019

An exhibition of photographs taken by young people referred by Hampshire CAMHS (Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service).

The title for this body of work emerged when we were looking at our collection of photos, seeing the bursts of light in the dark. Then we realised it could also be appropriate to describe the progress we have all made on this project.

The colourful images are symbolic of hopefulness, these include personal items which bring us comfort and remind us of happy memories. We chose to make these hopeful images larger and framed in white, nearer the ‘light’ of the window. In contrast, the first set of images are darker and smaller, these represent the harder times in life when we feel discouraged, low and isolated. We have tried to arrange the frames to reflect this. There is still some colour here but you have to look more closely to find it.

We hope you enjoy the exhibition and it gives you a new perspective on mental health. We’d like this work to inspire you to look past someone’s “mental health” and see that they are more than their label. Please leave us your comments and feedback in the book.

This is part of The ICE Project, a partnership between Hampshire Cultural Trust and Hampshire’s Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) to promote the use of arts for positive emotional well-being and self-expression.

  • Drawn Together By Hope
  • Drawn Together By Hope
  • Drawn Together By Hope