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Hundreds turn out to support photo exhibition by Fixers to break the myth that dads are just for weekends.
Around three hundred people flocked to a North Devon gallery to view a photography exhibition organised by young dads.
The dads, mostly in their early twenties and all members of the Young Fathers Network, became ITV Fixers to show that they are responsible parents and just as capable as mothers when it comes to caring for their children. They organised a shoot with ITV Fixers photographer Sarah Keogh to show images of local fathers and their children.
Father of two Dave told us: “The pictures were absolutely awesome. They were great when we were taking them but then when they were blown up, they were even better. I really thought they got our message across...it was absolutely brilliant.”
The two-day exhibition was held at the Burton Art Gallery and Museum in Bideford. Visual Arts Manager Miranda Clarke praised the Fixers for their professionalism. She said, “The quality of the photos was fantastic. They had really thought about how to lay out the exhibition...these were not just snapshots, they were really well presented and it didn’t look like a community exhibition, even though it was.”
Lead Fixer Kirk (21), who shares responsibility for his 10-month-old daughter with his former partner, hopes that the exhibition has made young dads more visible and shown other young dads that support is available. He said, “Unfortunately we are still living in a world where people believe that a baby or a child should be with its mother. That’s wrong because there are great dads out there. I am a single dad and I want to get the message across that we are just as capable as a mum.”
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A group of young fathers from North Devon have created a photography exhibition to demonstrate that they are responsible parents.
The Dads Are For Life, Not Just For Saturdays exhibition, is being held at Bideford's Burton Art Gallery and Museum, Kingsley Road, on November 27, midday to 3pm, and November 28, 10am to 3pm, with free entry.
The group was supported by ITV Fixers to create the exhibition, which they hope will let other young dads know what support is available to them.
The exhibition group, who are all members of the Young Fathers' Network, said they were fed up with society thinking that men who father children at a young age are all irresponsible. They wanted to show that they could be just as good at parenting as women.
Kirk, 21, who shares responsibility for his one-year-old daughter with his former partner, said: "Unfortunately we are still living in a world where people believe that a baby or a child should be with its mother.
"That's wrong, because there are great dads out there. I am a single dad and I want to get the message across that we are just as capable as a mum.
"I am proud to be a single dad, but I have to prove myself every single day. I walk the streets with my daughter in a buggy and people look at me as if to say 'what are you doing on your own with a child?'"
ITV Fixers photographer Sarah Keogh, who worked with the group and took the photos for the exhibition, said: "We are surrounded by images in the media and retail of mothers and babies and it was great to give the young dads the opportunity to redress the balance.
"There's something really special about the relationship between a father and his child and I hope that between us, we have captured some of the essence of this."
Margo Horsley, ITV Fixers executive producer, said: "ITV Fixers is all about young people setting the agenda and changing stereotypes.
"We want to give young people the chance to decide what they want to do, develop their own projects, and give them a little bit of help if needed.
"I've seen how energetic and committed they are when what they're doing means something to them. What we're seeing has really made me question whether young people deserve such a bad press."
Terry Ryall, chief executive officer of V, said: "We are delighted to be supporting ITV Fixers, which gives a high media profile platform to young people's views, ideas and projects.
"The campaign is innovative in the way it taps into the things young people care about and the media they feel confident using.
"ITV Fixers is helping them develop valuable skills, while transforming their communities and improving understanding between older and younger generations."
ITV Fixers challenges people aged between 16 and 25 to identify an issue of concern and gives them practical help and guidance to "fix" the problem. It has been devised for ITV by the Public Service Broadcasting Trust, with support from youth volunteering charity V and the Nationwide Foundation. For more information go to www.itvfixers.com.►My blog / Your Blog
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