Janetka Platun    
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Four colours 2011
Artist in residence
Working in partnership with Hampshire County Council’s archive collection and Treloar SchooI, my residency was an exploration of how conditions of support and the language used to describe disability has changed over the last 100 years. Treloar's was founded in 1907 when the then Lord Mayor of the City of London, Sir William Purdie Treloar, set up a 'Cripples' Fund' as his mayoral appeal. In 1908 he opened his school and hospital in Alton, Hampshire. Since then, Treloar’s has steadily grown and developed, becoming one of the country’s leading providers of education for disabled young people.   Much of my residency was spent looking at the archive collection stored at the Records Office in Winchester. This included sets of postcards showing life at Treloar’s in the early 1900’s when children with tuberculosis were brought over from deprived areas of London. I shared the archive material with current students at Trealor’s and developed contemporary responses to the material.

The work created, an installation of 25 lenticular holograms showing life at Treloars past and present, was exhibited at the Allen Gallery and at the Hampshire Records Office in Winchester.

Funded by Hampshire County Council, Accentuate,
Archive and Renaissance.
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