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Exhibition challenges perceptions of care on Isle of Man

Young people living on the Isle of Man, including some supported by St Christopher’s, have created and curated an art exhibition to challenge stereotypes and perceptions of what it is like to grow up in care.

Handmade Superheroes: the Untold Story includes paintings, a quilt, clothing, books and photography. It took nine months to create all the artwork.

The pieces initially went on display at community destinations around the island before moving to the Manx Museum in March.

The project has been supported by the Voices in Participation (VIP) Council, which was established by the Isle of Man Government in 2009 to give care-experienced young people a forum to discuss their experiences.

Jonathan Whalley, Chief Executive of St Christopher’s, said: “I was so inspired by my visit to this exhibition as a fantastic, creative way for young people who grew up in care to reclaim their narratives. I hope it prompts people to consider the way they view the care-experienced community and to recognise the tremendous talent and value of these young people.”

Visit the exhibition at the Manx Museum until 23 March 2020.