‘Hopes And Dreams’, Kirstie Gregory & Raine Smith

Under the guidance of lead artists Kirstie Gregory and Raine Smith, students from the Cambridge School in Hammersmith, which specialises in children with learning disabilities and behavioural problems, created a photographic exhibition around their hopes and dreams for the future.

The students explored the theme ‘Hopes And Dreams’ through a series of workshops. Within this context they were encouraged to think aspirationally about careers and vocations they would like to follow. Each student was asked to convey their aspirational career, including mechanic, car dealer, hairdresser, air steward, soldier and banker, with text, props and photographs of themselves in their aspirational work places, using a variety of different media including pin-hole cameras, disposable cameras and polaroids.

The workshops enabled the students to develop the brief through a range of different techniques and media culminating in a critical discussion and participatory selection process for the exhibition.

‘Hopes And Dreams’ was commissioned by HS Projects and funded by the Insight Community Arts Programme (2002 – 2015).

The project ran from January to June 2005.