A photography exhibition was hosted by Mannum Community College students

Artists: Teachers Monika Hatcher (fourth from left) and Angela Groves (second from right) with some of  MCC artists and friends. Photo: Supplied.
Artists: Teachers Monika Hatcher (fourth from left) and Angela Groves (second from right) with some of MCC artists and friends. Photo: Supplied.

Last Friday evening middle-school students from Mannum Community College (MMC) celebrated the opening of their ‘PhotoVoice’ art exhibition at the Mannum Dock Museum. 

The Mannum Progress Association were involved sponsoring a PhotoVoice photographer Jim Fenemore to co-present lessons with the school’s Art teacher, Monika Hatcher.  

This year the association decided to prioritise the youth of Mannum along with drug and alcohol challenges in our community.

Manum Progress Association secretary Irene Lovell said despite the event was organised in a very short time frame it was encouraging to see something so successful come from it.

“The school, together with the photographer and others, have obviously put their heart and soul into this program and we are very proud to be associated with it,” she said.

“We hope that it will continue and help the students.”

Mid Murray Council also funded the purchase of the Climate Schools curriculum which underpins the students’ theoretical knowledge.

Climate Schools is the most innovative and engaging way to empower students to gain knowledge about their health and wellbeing. 

Climate Schools provides curriculum-consistent health education courses proven to reduce harm and improve student well-being.

By implementing these user-friendly evidence-based programs the school is able to assist students in making positive and informed choices for life.

The Photovoice concept has been used throughout the world and was introduced to the school as a community research tool by Jim Fenemore.

Jim has recently moved to Mannum from Seaford Rise, where he was involved in coordinating several community research projects in conjunction with the City of Onkaparinga.                                                                                                            

With his experience as a professional photographer for over forty years, including setting up and running a school of photography in Adelaide for nine.

Jim’s part in the project was to share his knowledge of photography with the students and explain how they can use their cameras as an action research tool that combines photography and discussion to support community capacity building.

Which is where the sentiment ‘PhotoVoice’ comes from as they were being taught how to use the power of the image to effectively give them a voice.

Exhibition details:

  • Duration: Saturday, 7th April to Friday, 13th April
  • Opening hours: 9am – 5pm Monday to Friday, 10am – 4pm Saturday & Sunday