Canterbury Museum

IHC presents 'Take a moment with us'

Posted: 7 December 2010

IHC is presenting an inspirational exhibition in the Visitor Lounge during the summer quarter. Titled Take a moment with us, the exhibition invites the public to get to know people with intellectual disabilities living in their community – people like Stewart and Sharyn Haig who both have a disability and are supported to raise their daughter April in Rangiora.

This inspirational exhibition showcases the everyday lives of people from all over New Zealand. Visitors are encouraged to think about what our communities could be like if we focussed on ability, not disability.

It features photographs by Christchurch documentary and portrait photographer Bridgit Anderson and video footage shot and edited by Sam Morrison, IHC national self advocacy coordinator. Bridgit is currently manager of the A Place in Time documentary project at the University of Canterbury School of Fine Arts. Bridgit’s photographs capture ordinary, genuine moments in the lives of people with disabilities. In Sam’s films, people talk directly to camera about having a disability and what being included in their community means to them.

The people who feature in the exhibition have varying backgrounds, cultures, interests and abilities. All have a story to tell about community, inclusion and disability.

Take a moment with us is on display in the Visitor Lounge at Canterbury Museum until 6 March 2011.