Anniversary exhibition reaches its final destination

Published on 24th July 2012

Our 50th anniversary travelling photo exhibition, Windows to Another World; Images from 50 Years of Volunteering, has now opened in Dunedin – the last stop of its four-city tour.


So far, almost 2,000 people have been to see the exhibition since it opened in Wellington on 6 June.


Of those, 906 have voted in our People’s Choice competition to find the most popular photograph. At this stage VSA’s international programme manager Peter Swain is heading the field, with his photo of two children on the beach in the Bougainville village of Pidia taking the number one spot.


Windows to Another World features 50 remarkable photos taken by VSA volunteers and staff members over the past 50 years.


The photos show life in many of the countries where VSA has worked, from Nepal and Thailand to Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea.


The exhibition provides a unique insight into what it is like to be a VSA volunteer in a developing country – the sights and experiences you can have when you become part of a community for up to two years.


Feedback from the opening nights at each of the locations has been very enthusiastic.


"I found the photos excellent and congratulate the compilers of the exhibition," said one returned volunteer after the opening night in Auckland.


Visitors at the exhibition in Wellington.


VSA staff member (and 2011 UniVol) Anna Ravendran, who has accompanied the exhibition to each of the four venues, says that many people who have been to see it have found it very moving.


“People tell me that it has really opened their eyes to the work we do. It was especially nice to see children come and learn something about the lives of children outside of New Zealand.”


We’ve had some nice feedback online too. According to a reviewer on the fashion and design website Macaulay and Maestro the photos “take us into the often over-shadowed, forgotten lifestyles and living conditions that the majority of the population experiences daily … one can understand the love, kindness and dedication of these volunteers, it is evident through their photographs that their nurturing does not go to waste.”


Windows to Another World is on at Dunedin’s Community Gallery until 27 July.


A visitor engrossed in the visual timeline of VSA volunteers across 50 years.


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