As part of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Festival of Social Science, the A Space for Sharing project developed a photographic exhibition featuring a series of powerful photographic images by photographer Anton Want, and quotations illustrating findings from the studies.

The exhibition aimed to capture the emotions and experience of forum users and interviewees from all of the projects and convey their stories through the use of short text excerpts from the research.

The exhibition was opened by Professor Gill Valentine, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Sheffield in Sheffield Winter Gardens on Monday 31st October 2016. It was then displayed at the Wellcome Trust, London (May 2016); King’s College, London (April 2017); and Lincoln Drill Hall (May 2017). A selection of images were displayed at the NHS at 70 event, Sheffield Cathedral forecourt (July 2018), and the The Golden Thread: How Social Science Affects Us All (social sciences photographic exhibition), Winter Gardens Sheffield (November 2018)

Please note that in order to protect confidentiality of people living in very difficult circumstance, actors were used to re-create some of the scenarios described in the research.

Photographer - Anton Want

People who are experiencing an individual or collective crisis

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People who are experiencing a humanitarian crisis

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People with a life-threatening or life-shortening condition

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People who require an organ or tissue transplant

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People who use illicit drugs

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People in extreme emotional distress or contemplating suicide

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