18th September 2001




A challenging new exhibition of innovative photography is to open at the Lincoln School of Art and Design tomorrow (Wednesday) for a month.


The exhibition, entitled ‘Our Fathers’ Childhood, Loss and Memory’, will be on show until 19th October in the Greestone Gallery at the School of Art and Design on Lindum Road, now part of the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside.


In the exhibition photographers Mike Simmons and Barbara Hind explore the themes of bereavement, childhood loss and memory through their experiences of losing their fathers at an early age. 


Mike, an established photographer working at De Montfort University, completed his MA in Photography at DMU last year. Barbara Hind studied for her degree in Media Studies at DMU and then went on to obtain an MA Photography in 1998. She is now studying for a PhD in Photography and Anthropology at Loughborough University.


This challenging new exhibition opened in Leicester in February and moved to the University of Derby in May. It is soon to go international, attracting invitations to the Galerie auf der Empore at the University of Konstantz in Germany in December 2001 and to the Inaugural Pan Pacific Family Therapy Congress in Melbourne next September.


“Family therapists who work with families where suicide is either a risk or a reality, or where a family member has died of cancer, found it is refreshing to look at these painful and difficult issues through a different medium,” wrote Pam Rycroft, a committee member of the Pan Pacific Family Therapy Congress. “We have found in the past that the visual arts can pave a way to speaking the unspeakable.”


The exhibition will be open from 9am until 5pm from Monday to Friday and admission is free.


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