Positive Energies – exhibition and lecture

Exhibition: 16-20 May | 11am-6pm | Free | Oxo Tower Wharf

Lecture: 17 May | 6.30pm | Free but booking is recommended | Swedenborg Society

Positive Energies follows on from the hugely successful Shifting Perspectives exhibition in challenging pre-conceived ideas about people with Down’s syndrome.

The driving force behind the exhibition is the Japanese photographer Mr Fumio Nabata, who on seeing the Shifting Perspectives exhibition in Tokyo decided to
travel the world to take photographs of children with Down’s syndrome. Mr Nabata’s images reveal an engaging, tender and very personal view of Down’s syndrome.

The exhibition is on at the Oxo Tower Wharf from the 16-20 May and you can find out more about it here.

The Japan Society of London – a charity involved in developing Anglo-Japanese relations – are hosting a lecture to coincide with the Positive Energies exhibition on the social inclusion of children with Down’s syndrome. The event will include speakers from a range of backgrounds and will provide an opportunity to explore attitudes and perspectives on Down’s and other children with disability, in Japan and the UK.

The lecture will be held at the Swedenborg Society on 17 May at 6.30pm and is free, though booking is recommended. You can find more about the lecture here and book your place here.

“Hundreds of thousands of people around the world have been inspired by Shifting Perspectives and I have no doubt that this exhibition will also make an enormous difference to the way that people with Down’s syndrome are perceived by those who have been touched by the beautiful images. It is through the dedication of photographers, such as Mr Nabata, who have tirelessly travelled throughout the world to capture the images on camera to share with us. Thank you for sharing your wonderful images with so many. The legacy of this work will carry on for many years to come as it will continue to break down barriers, challenging and changing perspectives of people with Down’s syndrome.” – Carol Boys