Hackney’s Nefise Hussein launches her first photo exhibition ‘Made in Hackney’

Photo: Nefise Hussein

Hackney’s Nefise Hussein launches her first photo exhibition ‘Made in Hackney’; in the oldest home made in Hackney, Sutton House.

From 9th – 28th July 2011 visitors to Sutton House’s contemporary art gallery will be able to see how:

–       photography connected Nefise to her relatives living in Cyprus and  Turkish Cypriot heritage

“Looking through the family albums was the way I ‘met’ and got to know my grandparents. I was always fascinated by the people in the photographs and the Cypriot way of life.”

–     Her journey from helping her mum who was a machinist working in factories in Hackney, through to study Fine Art Photography & Design at university

“I remember learning how to sew labels into clothes using a sewing machine.  This is just one of the ideas behind why I chose to name this exhibition ‘made in Hackney’.”

–       Nefise shares her passion for photography with the community.

“I have been running a photography club for two years at Berger Primary School. I believe the photographic process is an interesting and practical way to engage with children – it encourages creativity, self expression and promotes inclusion. If it’s not too much could you also add in “I have noticed that children feel a real sense of achievement when they produce photographs and see their work exhibited.”

As part of Nefise’s commitment to sharing the magic of her photography 30% of any proceeds from the sale of her photos will be donated to Hackney People First – a local self advocacy service for adults with learning disabilities – www.peoplefirstltd.com

Sutton House contemporary art gallery is housed within the unique historic environment in 500 year old Sutton House. The gallery hosts a variety of shows from local emerging and established artists to exhibitions of community projects.

The gallery is free to visit and is open Thursday – Friday 9-4:30pm and Saturday – Sunday 12:30-4:30pm.

Sutton House is a key community involvement property within the National Trust’s portfolio. An annual programme of the schools, families, volunteer and lifelong learning activities is available to view at www.nationaltrust.org.uk/suttonhouse

Sutton House, 2 & 4 Homerton High Street, Hackney, London E9 6JQ

Enquiries: 020 8986 2264

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