Images of Integration

It has been 40 years since a small group of parents took the initiative to establish the first integrated school in Northern Ireland.

This anniversary is an opportunity to reflect on where we have come from, celebrate our achievements, and consider how we will grow to meet the needs of the next generation.

With that aim in mind, we invited integrated school communities to tell us what integration means to them today, through photography.

Almost 25 years after the Good Friday Agreement, young people today see and understand integration differently from that group of parents who came together in 1981. As a window into some of those experiences and perspectives, this exhibition enriches our understanding of the power and potential of integrated education.

Click on the themes below to explore what pupils showed us.

embracing difference

enjoying togetherness

growing up

seeing through our eyes

Images are interpreted in the maker's own words where possible. Where words have not been provided, our exhibition curators, Bryonie and Gemma Reid from quarto, have offered their own interpretations.