This is a message from Paul Baker, our social media co-ordinator, who is undertaking this work with the Hearing The Voice Project in an independent capacity. For more information, please contact Paul Baker directly.
An exhibition on voice-hearing is going to take place at the Palace Green Library, Durham University, UK from 5 November 2016 – 26 February 2017. The exhibition is being produced by Hearing the Voice in collaboration with the Library services, and overseen by a steering group that includes representatives from Hearing Voices Networks.
I have been commissioned to co-curate the part of the exhibition entitled ‘Communities and Collectives – the story of people’s movement’.
This section of the exhibition will explore the communities that have developed around voice-hearing, with an emphasis on the development of the Hearing Voices Movement. It will:
- Celebrate the ways the Hearing Voices Movement has helped people around the world accept and make sense of their experiences and fight for social justice
- Highlight the distinctiveness of voice hearing in that it has given rise to a powerful people’s movement, that it has a politics and is an experience people come together in groups to explore
- Underscore the significance of the movement to public and clinical understandings of hearing voices
- Improve public understanding of voice hearing
- Reduce discrimination and misconceptions
The display will be divided into three sections:
- The Story
- The Community
- The Future
How can you help?
We are looking for all kinds of objects that will help to illustrate the work and thinking of the Hearing voices Movement from around the world. These could include:
- Photographs of people, groups, meetings and conferences. (One suggestion from Dirk Corstens is to include photographs of people before and after they became part of the movement).
- Posters, flyers and other promotional information about Congresses, meetings and groups
- Publications, books, booklets, pamphlets
- T shirts, clothing, conference bags and handouts, key rings etc
- Videos, films, articles and news items about the Hearing Voices Approach
- Artwork and other representations of voices
- And … all sorts of things I’ve not even thought about …
At this stage we are asking you to let us know if you have something that you would be willing to have included in the exhibition and to send us a picture or description. Please send all your suggestions and ideas to Paul Baker ([email protected])