I received confirmation earlier today that an exhibition of 22 portraits photographed by my friend and fellow photographer, Mr Peter Hall, and me will be opened by the South Australian Minister for Health and Minister for the Arts, Hon Jack Snelling MP, on Thursday 10 November 2016.
Over the last few months, Peter and I have collaborated with the National Heart Foundation South Australia to produce Mervyn’s Table; a community-art heart health awareness campaign. The project aims to raise awareness of and discussion about heart health—especially between loved ones and among friends—and encourage more preventative heart health behaviour.
It's a sobering fact that heart disease is the single biggest killer of Australians. The impact of A Seat at Mervyn’s Table is, however, wedded to a far more positive fact; most heart disease can be prevented.
Peter initiated the idea after photographing a friend's 94 year old grandfather, Mr Mervyn Ey, with his twin, Harley. I was thrilled to be invited by Peter to participate. The project has taken much time and organisation to realise as both Peter and I have other full-time unrelated work commitments. Thankfully, the National Heart Foundation provided much-needed assistance with introducing portrait subjects, and arranging for them to be photographed across Adelaide and elsewhere in South Australia. They also arranged an exhibition space, image printing and framing, and the opening night—all of which has been a terrific relief for Peter and me.
I’m very excited to see this project come to fruition, and will update this post with exhibition details as they come to hand. Take care, and stay in good health...
If you'd like to view Peter's and my images, Mervyn's Table opens to the public on Friday 11 November 2016 at Intersect, 167 Flinders Street, Adelaide, between the hours of 09:00am and 05:00pm, and will remain open during these standard office hours during weekdays only. Intersect is an open-plan hot-desk office. Please give due consideration to tenants and ensure noise is kept to a minimum.