Award Winning photographer to host his debut solo show in Twickenham

Orleans House Gallery are delighted to announce that from the 17th of March until 12th June 2022 Dexter Mclean, a photographer with cerebral palsy, will bring his award-winning project Tower Avenue to the gallery. Tower Avenue is a striking portraiture series focusing on members of the community where Dexter grew up in Jamaica.

Dexter and his family moved to the UK when Dexter was just 9 years old. Although deeply fond of Jamaica, its music and heritage, Jamaica also had limited provision for disabled citizens which led to a challenging childhood for Dexter. His interest in photography began aged 13 when he was gifted a small digital camera and his passion has continued to grow.

In 2016 he was featured in the National Portrait Gallery and last year won the prestigious Royal Photographic Society Hood Medal.

Dexter returned to Jamaica to begin creating the ongoing Tower Avenue project in 2019. Inspired by a sense of togetherness and the importance of familial networks, the project features black and white photographic portraits of the diverse community living in Olympic Gardens, Kingston. His long-term ambition is to create a collective portrait documenting the disabled community in Jamaica, drawing on his own experience of living with cerebral palsy, to challenge historical representations of black and disabled communities.

A programme of public talks, exhibition tours, photography workshops and online videos will also accompany the exhibition, including a panel discussion with Dexter and the curatorial team at Autograph Gallery, London; and a special edition of our free monthly family activity ‘Let’s Get Creative’. There will also be a chance for visitors to the gallery to own a piece of Dexter’s fantastic work where a number of limited-edition prints will be for sale.

For more information, and for an exclusive opportunity to attend Dexter’s opening night event head to the Orleans House Gallery website and sign up to the mailing list.

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