23 Jan 2021 - 2 Feb 2021
Twenty-two individuals of all abilities tell their story through powerful black and white portraits by photographer Kylie Myth. The collective work looks past disability, shining a light, instead, on true human potential.
Presented by Civic Disability Services, Illuminate showcases the unique achievements of 22 individuals of all abilities with an informal portrait of them as their best self, engaged in an activity, where they feel positive and at ease in their ability. Each black and white portrait image celebrates confidence, and captures joy, strength and mastery, with a view to challenging pre-conceived ideas and creating an opportunity to relate. Each portrait is accompanied by a personal story which can be listened to via an audio recording or read as a text.
Individuals with disability are more likely to find themselves socially excluded or marginalised in society. As an advocate in the disability sector, Civic is committed to breaking down barriers and working towards a more inclusive society. Feeling confident, comfortable, independent and in control can have a positive impact on self-esteem and improve overall wellbeing for everyone. Finding a hobby or pastime, developing a skill, a time and a place to really shine is of particular importance for individuals with disability. It’s an opportunity to realise their potential and highlights all that they can accomplish.
Civic Disability Services provides supported accommodation, employment and social connectivity to some of the many individuals with disability living in Australia. Founded in the Sutherland Shire more than 60 years ago, Civic is an ambitious, forward-thinking organisation, which has built on its solid heritage and emerged as a true leader in the disability sector. Civic’s head office is in Caringbah and as such its roots are firmly in the Sutherland Shire, with ongoing engagement with the local community.
Image: Courtesy Civic Disability Services.