To celebrate the European Year of Volunteering, the exhibition, held at Europe House in Smith Square, brings together 26 works by photographers representing 26 participating countries, whose work either engages directly with the voluntary sector, or with closely related social issues. The photographers participating in the exhibition come from a range of backgrounds, including photojournalism, fine art and documentary practice, and the selected works cover subjects ranging from homelessness, to displaced populations, social care, rehabilitation and disaster relief. While many of the photographs relate directly to issues within the European Union, in other cases photographers from EU nations have travelled to sites around the world to depict critical events and situations. The aim of the exhibition is not only to illustrate circumstances and issues of concern, but also to raise awareness of the importance of active participation and volunteering as a positive response. Curated for EUNIC by Simon Baker (curator of photography and international art, Tate), and Ines de Bordas, with support from the cultural attaches of the 26 participating countries.

Oliviero Olivieri is an internationally recognized photographer and has been exhibiting and publishing for over 20 years. He is a contributor to Condé Nast Traveller UK and has published in major travel and life style magazines. A selection of his work, called “the other Sardinia” can be seen at the Italian Cultural Institute in Belgrave Square until September 4.


Date: Wednesday, July 20, 2011 – Friday, September 09, 2011

Opening times: Monday – Friday 10am – 6pm

Venue: 12 Star Gallery Europe House 32 Smith Square London SW1P 3EU

Organised by: The European Commission representation in the UK, Assessorato del turismo, artigianato e commercio

Free admission