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New exhibition frames young perspectives on life with type 1 diabetes

Image of Our Lives Our Voices members at the exhibition launch

Marking World Diabetes Day 2023 on the 14th November, Diabetes UK Northern Ireland unveiled a unique photography exhibition which captured the views of children and young people living with type 1 diabetes.

Delivered in partnership with Belfast Exposed, ‘Type 1 Through the Lens’ shines a light on the often-misunderstood condition which is typically diagnosed in children at a young age.

The collection, which was carefully compiled by members of the charity’s Northern Ireland youth programme Our Lives Our Voices, over a period of five months, provides a snapshot into the world of living with type 1 diabetes as a young person in Northern Ireland.  

Commenting on the launch, Diabetes UK Assistant Director for Local Impact, Tina McCrossan, said:

“It was such a privilege to see the young people truly in their element as they showcased their fantastic pieces of work to guests throughout the evening. They have worked incredibly hard on this project over recent months and produced some really beautiful and thought-provoking pieces.

“In viewing the artwork, it was really striking to see that no two pieces were the same. We had a beautiful collection of images that captured the importance of different perspectives, and that people will have their own unique experiences or interpretations of life with diabetes.

“This project was a really exciting milestone for the ‘Our Lives Our Voices’ programme and truly brought to life the key focus of this work where we provide young people with the right support and a medium to explore their creativity, grow in confidence and have their voice heard. We look forward to seeing this project develop further in the future.”

Check out more photos from the launch via our Facebook Album.

A selection of photos from the exhibition launch
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