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Bursary 2011 - John McCafferty

John was a participant in PhotoVoice’s 2004-05 Able Voices project which worked in partnership with Healthlink Worldwide to provide photography workshops for disabled young persons in Bangladesh and Cameroon. The bursary provided John with the equipment and support required to create an exciting set of portraits exploring the issues faced by students with learning disabilities and their parents in Special Educational Needs(SEN)schools. One of John’s photos was included in an exhibition in Charing Cross Station Arcade in June. 

From February - September 2011 John visited four of Barnet’s SEN schools in the London Borough of Barnet (Oakleigh, Northway, Oaklodge and Mapledown) leading portrait sessions and undertaking supportive questionnaire research. Through this visual enquiry, John was able to gain a realistic understanding of how the students with learning disabilities interact and behave in order to raise public awareness on issues surrounding disability. 

“Photography is a widespread means of expression and an accessible way for me to communicate. By looking at these photographs I hope the spectator can identify with the students through raising public awareness and understanding of students with learning disabilities.” John McCafferty 2011

A photo book of John’s portraits will be produced at the end of the project and there will be a public exhibition of his work at the Arts Depot (London) in November 2011.

For more information about John and the project, visit his websites - and

John McCafferty is a recipient of a PhotoVoice bursary, generously funded by the John Kobal New Work Award.

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